Eat Smart Sheffield

Eat Smart Sheffield


Packed Lunch Guidance

Our new Packed Lunch Guidance is now available to download here.

Check it out for ideas and inspiration, as well as top tips for saving time and money, advice on portion sizes and storage, and practical sugar swaps!


Eat Smart Sheffield will be delivered in partnership with Food for Life (FFL).

A Soil Association programme, FFL aims to make good food the easy choice for everyone - making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.

Working together, we will support schools, additional settings and their communities to adopt healthier eating behaviours contributing to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

Whole School Approach

The ‘Whole School Approach’ is the framework that guides the development of a healthy food culture in schools. This approach is endorsed by the head teacher, enshrined in the school development plan, and permeates the whole school experience. The approach ensures consistency: what is taught about food and healthy eating in lessons is reflected and reinforced in the daily life of the school, with the dining room becoming an extra classroom. Pupils are empowered to help guide the process, with the programme reaching out beyond the school gates into the wider community.

The whole setting approach is an evidence-based intervention that works to change food culture, contributing to community-wide whole systems change, and impacting on education, sustainability, inequalities, communities and health.

Food for Life Resources

FFL has some great resources and tools which the Eat Smart Sheffield programme will utilise in order to support the development of a whole school approach within schools across our city.

Examples of the resources all schools can expect include:

  • Selection of Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project resources
  • Selection of Food for Life recipes
  • Guide to setting up a farm visit
  • School Farmers' Markets pack
  • Term-time growing calendar
  • Cooking skills checklist

All schools will have their own portal giving access to personalised membership of the Food for Life online community, including your own blog to share your achievements.

In addition, targeted schools will be provided with the resources and support needed to apply for and achieve a Food for Life award enabling you to show the wider world that you're doing fantastic work with your school food and food education.

For more information about Food for Life, please visit their website.

Downloadable Resources

Feed your family for less
School Food Survey - Primary School Parent Questionnaire
School Food Survey - Primary School Pupil Questionnaire
School Food Survey - Secondary School Parent Questionnaire
School Food Survey - Secondary School Pupil Questionnaire
How to set up a School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG)
How To Develop A School Food Policy
Top Tips For The School Dining Room