The Food for Life award framework supports schools to 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 children and parents, staff, patients and visitors, 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

Early Years

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A Food for Life Early Years Award is a great way to for Nurseries and Children’s Centres to demonstrate that they are giving every child in their care the best possible start to their food journey.
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 FFL transforms school food culture

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    How One Woman Changed Children’s Food

    Jeanette Orrey MBE is one of the key people behind the good children’s food movement. She is the co-founder of Food for Life and prompted Jamie Oliver to start talking about good food. The Soil Association's Carys Barry caught up with Jeanette while she was making a Shepherd’s pie: Carys: So, how did you get involved with children’s food? Jeanette: I started as a kitchen assistant at the Mount Primary School in Newark eventually moving on to St Peter's ...

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    Food Education in China

    Food Education In China Washingborough Academy were very proud to have made a successful bid with the British Council to work with schools in China to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In June 2016, we hosted seven Headteachers from Tangshen, a city approximately 100 miles east of Beijing.  We were proud to show them our seven schools in Lincolnshire which provided a chance to introduce them to the ethos and culture of our own settings – and introduce them to the legendary Lincolnshire sausage! We made the return visit during the October half term and were excited to experience this different culture.  On arrival in China, ...
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