Food for Life Partnership

Categories: Eating well for children
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Food for Life is a programme led by national charity the Soil Association. They work to make 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.

Food for Life work’s 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.


For more information and to get involved with the Food For Life programme please go to: Food For Life



Food for Life is an evidenced-based programme and is shown to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of participants, their families and local communities. Benefits (from national research) include:

Healthier People

  • 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.
  • Free school meal take up increased by an average of 13 percentage points over two years in Food for Life schools.
  • 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.
  • 45% of parents reported eating more vegetables as a result of Food for Life.
  • More than 50% of primary schools in England are serving menus certified by the Food for Life Served Here Award.

Healthier Economy

  • Research by the New Economics Foundation demonstrated £3 in social return for every £1 invested in Food for Life Served Here menus, with most of the benefit experienced by local businesses and local employees.
  • 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.

Healthier Environment

  • Over 1.7 million meals that meet Food for Life Served Here 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.

For the summary and full reports, please visit the Food for Life web site:

Food For Life Evaluation report