Food for Life

Country of implementation

United Kingdom

Type of the practice

Educational project – Initiative

Initiator of the practice

NGO: Soil Association

Type of education

All levels

Age of participants

All school ages

How many participants max can participate


Education form

Mostly offline

Short description

The “Food for Life” program originated in the United Kingdom but has been adopted and implemented in various countries around Europe. It is run by the Soil Association. The program focuses on promoting healthy and sustainable food choices, improving food education, and transforming food environments in schools, communities, and workplaces. The initiative provides comprehensive food education, teaching individuals of all ages about the benefits of a healthy diet, cooking skills, food sourcing, and sustainability. It aims to empower individuals to make informed food choices and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. The program encourages schools and other institutions to prioritize sustainable and locally sourced food in their procurement practices. By supporting local farmers and suppliers, the initiative promotes sustainable agriculture, reduces food miles, and ensures fresher and more nutritious food options. Food for Life encourages the development of a positive food culture within communities, schools, and workplaces. This includes initiatives such as cooking clubs, community gardens, and farm visits, fostering a deeper connection with food and promoting hands-on learning experiences. Food for Life offers a certification scheme that recognizes and rewards schools, nurseries, and caterers that meet specific criteria related to food quality, sustainability, and food education. This provides an incentive for institutions to continually improve their food provision and education.


The program has several strengths. It enhances food literacy by providing individuals with a deeper understanding of nutrition, cooking skills, and sustainable food choices. By encouraging sustainable food procurement and promoting healthier menus, the program contributes to creating healthier food environments in schools and other institutions. Food for Life aims to influence long-term behavior change by promoting healthier eating habits and providing individuals with the knowledge and skills to make healthier food choices. The program engages communities, schools, and workplaces, fostering collaboration and creating a shared commitment to healthier and more sustainable food practices.  It has been adopted in several countries, with the necessary adaptations and variation in the implementation, so its replicability has already been proven.

Challenges in implementation

One challenge the program may face is the level of commitment that multiple stakeholders need to show. There are always dangers regarding logistics and the supply chains that need to be built and may be limited and dependent on geographical locations. Also, it is a program that requires strong engagement from the participants (the students) because it asks them to overcome some dietary habits that are pleasing to them and adopt healthier food choices.