Food for Life Partnership success recognised by continued Big Lottery funding

21 March 2012

The Food for Life Partnership has been awarded further Lottery funding of £1million as part of an initiative by the Big Lottery Fund to support its grantholders in the tough economic environment

Young Food for Life students.The Food for Life Partnership has been funded with a £16.9m Big Lottery Fund grant for the last five years and will use the further £1m funding to continue and expand its work. Director of the Food for Life Partnership  Libby Grundy said all in involved were "delighted that the power of the Food for Life Partnership programme has been recognised by the BIG Lottery Fund, and we look forward to expanding our model that we know is changing young people’s life chances."

The future of the Food for Life Partnership lies in continuing the growth of a national programme through locally commissioned models. This grant will enable the Partnership to work with local authorities - who now have responsibility for public health - and new partners to develop the programme.

The Food for Life Partnership consists of four charities – Soil Association, Focus on Food Campaign, Health Education Trust and Garden Organic – can flexibly accommodate new partners at a local level, where they are best placed to deliver any one or more aspects of the programme.

The initiative was recently awarded the prestigious BBC Radio 4 Derek Cooper Award, which recognises "unsung heroes, whose work has increased our access to, and knowledge and appreciation of, good food". Presenting the award, celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said that “the positive effect of the work is absolutely unambiguous. It’s proven academically, but more to the point it’s proven in the bright eyes and busy attitude of the kids and the fantastic commitment of their head teachers".

The Big Lottery Fund’s £16.9m support for the Food for Life Partnership comes from its £165m Well-being programme, which provides funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being. Today’s £1m grant is part of BIG’s Supporting Change & Impact initiative, a package of support totalling over £70m which is designed to help BIG’s grantholders cope with the developing impact of public funding cuts.



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