Getting an award has helped schools across England take a stepped approach to transforming food culture

Welcome to Food for Life

Our programme is about making good food the easy choice for everyone – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.

We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills through a ‘whole setting approach’. This engages pupils and parents, teachers and doctors, caterers, carers and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

An enhanced version of our evidence-based programme is available for commissioning to support health and wellbeing priorities in your area. We are already achieving clear results in Local Authorities throughout England. Find out more about our commissions here.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are here. A wealth of information is available on our website, but if you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch.

Our Impact

The Food for Life programme achieves some amazing results, but don’t just take our word for it!

We have been shown to impact on children’s health, improve educational results, support local enterprise and tackle inequalities in local communities. Read the findings of independent evaluations of our programme and hear from the people directly involved. 

Watch this short film to find out how FFLP transforms school food culture

Latest News

  • Fri

    Healthy breakfasts 'help pupils do well'

    Friends of Food for Life and leading school breakfast club provider, Magic Breakfast, strongly welcomes the findings of a ground-breaking new study showing a direct and positive link between the breakfast habits of pupils and their educational attainment. The research, carried out by public health experts at Cardiff University and published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, involves 5,000 pupils aged 9 to 11 from more than 100 primary schools.  The study – thought ...

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Where we work


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The Food for Life Schools programme is our flagship programme, widely commissioned by public health teams and taken up by schools across the country.
Schools Awards


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The Food for Life Early Years Award is an independent endorsement for nurseries and children's centres that serve good quality, nutritious food.
Early Years Award


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We are supporting NHS Trusts to develop a Food and Drink Strategy, in line with the Department of Health's Hospital Food Standards Panel report.

Food and Drink Strategy

Care Homes

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We offer support to care settings to achieve the Food for Life Catering Mark standards for food quality and nutrition and to adopt a whole setting approach to food.
Care Settings

What's Happening


  • Mon

    Is the food industry always the villain on childhood obesity?

    Joanna Lewis, Strategy and Policy Director, Soil Association Food for Life  ​Sugar is the new tobacco, and the battle lines are sharpening around Jamie Oliver’s campaign for a sugar tax to be the centrepiece of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, due out in the New Year.  It’s a no-brainer: the average can of fizzy drink contains nine teaspoons of sugar, two teaspoons more than the new recommended daily intake for an adult, let alone a child. But the Government is in a tight spot on this one: how to be pro-business and still tackle the main causes of obesity head-on?  Appeals to individuals to read ...
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