26 million Food for Life school meals a year

Food for Life Scotland is a flagship programme of Soil Association Scotland, supported by Scottish Government to help local authorities serve freshly prepared, locally sourced, sustainable school meals. Food for Life Served Here certified local authorities are serving up more than 139,000 fresh, local, sustainable school meals across Scotland every school day!

Our Food for Life Served Here award holders are putting good food on school dinner plates across Scotland, from busy urban centres to Highlands, islands, and everywhere in between.

Read on to discover the impact we're having on school meals in Scotland.

Putting more Scottish food on the table

Good food isn't just about waistlines and food miles - it also supports thriving local economies. Research has shown that every £1 invested in Food for Life brings a social return on investment of £4.41.

We support local authorities to make their supply chains shorter, more transparent, and more beneficial to their local economies. Working with our partners, we've taken on projects of all sizes, from delivering a huge boost in spend on Scottish meat for West Lothian Council to helping pioneer local vegetable supply on the Isle of Arran with North Ayrshire Council.

Highland Council celebrated ten years of Food for Life Served Here in 2019.

Fergus Ewing MSP presented the award to Aileen Wylie, Cook in Charge at Central Primary School, Inverness, recognising the council’s ongoing commitment to local and sustainable school meals.

Over a Decade of Good Food

The Food for Life Scotland programme has been working to put good food on school plates since 2008.

Our earliest Food for Life Served Here certified local authorities have been serving up fresh, local, sustainable school meals for over ten years! 


East Ayrshire Council is the longest-standing Food for Life Served Here Gold award holder in the UK, having held the award for its primary school meals since 2008.

The local authority serves up 5,100 Food for Life accredited meals a day across its 40 certified primary schools, 3,600 of which are free school meals.

"We want more children to enjoy healthy food in their school meals that is grown, sourced and produced in Scotland. The Food for Life Served Here programme is helping us to achieve that.

The programme helps us to deliver on our shared ambition with the food and drink sector, to find new market opportunities, helping to sustain and grow their businesses, whilst bolstering the local economy and improving our children’s health."

Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment

Support from farm to fork


Food for Life Served Here local authorities are consistently striving to put good food on plates daily for over 139,000 pupils across the country.

That's why Food for Life Scotland provides support over the whole journey from farm to fork. From procurement and menu planning, to specialist data evaluation and communications support, the team is working with local authorities to help drive change at scale.

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