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.

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

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

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    "Children from small schools risk losing out on the benefits of Universal Infant Free School Meals"

    Food for Life co-founder Jeanette Orrey comments on the discontinuation of funding for small schools to support the delivery of Universal Infant Free School Meals: “Three years ago Food for Life formed part of the expert panel that put together the School Food Plan. The panel recommended to the government that they introduce Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). The government knew from the outset that many small schools would struggle to deliver UIFSM without ...

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    A teaching tour with the MSC

    Most children already sensed something was going on when they came into the assembly hall, seeing a great big banner that depicted an ocean scene with the different fish species they were asked to identify. They happily started guessing, vaguely aware that this assembly would turn out to be a bit different. It might seem odd to start a morning assembly with fish. There was a good reason for it though as fish and the health of the world’s oceans would follow the children throughout the day. The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Fish and Kids team hit the road in October and November to raise awareness about sustainable fishing and ...
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