Evaluation of the Food for Life programme
- Pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five a day and a third less likely to eat no fruit or vegetables than pupils in comparison schools. (Jones et al, 2015)
- Pupils in Food for Life schools eat around a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools, and significantly more fruit and vegetables at home. (Jones et al, 2015)
- Pupils in Food for Life schools are 40% more likely to report that they 'like' or 'really like' school meals. (Jones et al, 2015)
- More than 50% of primary schools in England are serving menus certified by the Food for Life Catering Mark.
- Free school meal take up increased by an average of 13 percentage points over two years in Food for Life schools. (Orme et al, 2011)
- Evidence points towards Food for Life's potential to contribute to helping 'close the gap' for disadvantaged children in terms of their health and academic attainment. (Teeman et al, 2011)
- 45% of parents reported eating more vegetables as a result of Food for Life. (Orme et al, 2011)
- Research by the New Economics Foundation demonstrated £3 in social return for every £1 invested in Food for Life Catering Mark menus, with most of the benefit experienced by local businesses and local employees. (Kersley et al, 2011)
- Research focusing on Food for Life multi-setting programmes and considering value created for health, education and environment in addition to economy demonstrates a social return of £4.41 for every £1. (Jones el al, 2015)
- Over 1.7 million meals that meet Food for Life Catering Mark standards are served each day, including over 280,000 at Gold. The scheme provides caterers with an incentive to source more sustainably sourced, ethical and local produce.
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