Edinburgh Food for Life Partnership

Changing food culture for the better.

Since 2012, Soil Association Scotland has been working in partnership with some of Edinburgh's biggest organisations: NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh.

What’s been happening?

The partnership has been demonstrating outstanding leadership by working towards four objectives:

1. Tackle barriers to providing seasonal, fresh, local and organic food.

2. Achieve a Food for Life Catering Mark for catering services in selected sites.

3. Help more people understand the benefits of healthy and sustainable food.

4. Evaluate the impacts of the project.The work is part of Food for Life Scotland - which works to transform food culture across Scotland. It also forms part of Edible Edinburgh, a city-wide food initiative.


  • University of Edinburgh became the first University in Scotland to achieve the bronze Catering Mark award.
  • All University of Edinburgh's catered outlets across the city achieved the bronze award.
  • All City of Edinburgh Council schools achieved the bronze award. Edinburgh was the first Scottish local authority to achieve the award in all its schools. Currie Community High School became the first Scottish school to have a Food for Life Action Group. This brings teachers, pupils, caterers and school management together to focus on food issues.
  • City of Edinburgh Council achieved the first Catering Mark award for a care home in Scotland. It has since added the award to four more social care sites.
  • Soil Association Scotland now sits on the steering group for NHS Lothian's Catering Strategy.
  • Schools and care homes have trialled organic, local food.
  • All schools have received information and materials about Food for Life Scotland - helping them understand its values.
  • Edinburgh partners now serve more than 3.5 million award winning meals each year.

As a result of the work, many more people in Edinburgh benefit from better food. This includes school children, students, care home residents and the wider public.

Find out more

For further information please contact Joe Hind at jhind@soilassociation.org or on 07917 671 738. Joe co-ordinates Food for Life Scotland's work in Edinburgh.