Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food. Food for Life works with public and private sector leaders and their communities to make good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. The established School Award programme has demonstrated significant impact on children’s health and their wider attainment, it supports local enterprise and helps to tackle inequalities in local communities.
Food for life is a proven programme in operation for 20yrs. It runs throughout the United Kingdom and has been embedded successfully into policy in areas of Scotland.
It is furthermore reported, pupils in FFL schools eat a third more fruit and veg at school and significantly increased quantities at home. 45% of parents also report eating more fruit and veg as a result of engaging with FFL.This ethos sits comfortably alongside the aim of the GCC Health and Wellbeing strategy, that every child should have the best start in life.The recently published National Food Strategy advocates for adopting Food for Life by way of example into national policy.
The GFFP is working closely with FFL to design a potential pilot project for a group of schools currently procuring food independently of the county contract. The aim of the project is to test how we may begin to establish a healthy and sustainable food culture in Gloucestershire and drive opportunity for local suppliers through increased local procurement.
This project is ready to further shape and develop and seeks funding for implementation.