SchoolFood4Change (SF4C) will create a shift to both sustainable and healthy diets on a broad societal scale by directly impacting over 3,000 schools and 600,000 school children in 12 EU countries, providing a replicable good practice across the EU and beyond.

All children go to school and are vulnerable to diet-related conditions and disadvantaged environments. SF4C views schools and children and young people (0-18 years of age) as catalysts for systemic change for the shift to sustainable and healthy diets of all EU citizens. The SF4C triple impact approach (SO1-3) will be implemented by 33 partners, mostly governmental partners that have the mandate over sustainable healthy school meals, including many pioneers from across the EU.


  • To innovate and roll out sustainable healthy food procurement, sourced from land, inland water and sea, in line with the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and the SDGs;
  • Through innovative “”planetary health diets & cooking””, linked to the identity of the territory, train and empower cooks and urban food enablers in the cities;
  • To ensure an enabling educational environment through the innovative “”whole school food approach”” which is a method about achieving a healthy food culture in and around schools, contributing to community-wide whole systems change, and impacting on education, sustainability, inequalities, communities and health;
  • To assess the SF4C impact, demonstrate real life delivery (“”business case””), particularly on health and behavioural change of vulnerable children, and prove that it can be cost-effective.
  • To seek impact for all EU citizens, demonstrate swift EU replicability, also beyond schools, and engage with EC Services and projects on increased Farm to Fork impact toward 2030.


The project is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework programme. The lead partner of the consortium is ICLEI (Germany), while the partners besides Fondazione Ecosistemi (Italy) are University of Alcala (Spain), SEI TALLINN – Stockholm Environmental Institute (Estonia), Rikolto (Belgium), University of Gastronomic Sciences (Italy), WWF (Sweden), International Federation of European Regional Groups of Organic Agriculture Movements (Sweden), VTO Alapitvany (Hungary), Risteco – The Eating City (France), Eurecat Foundation (Spain), Danachda (Austria), Stichting Fair Trade Advocacy Office (The Netherlands), Mensa Civica (Spain),   Speseiraume F+B (Germany), Skutecne Zdrava Skola (Czech Republic), Skutecne Zdrava Skola (Slovakia), Municipality of Budapest (Hungary), Municipality of Kobenhavns (Denmark), Municipality of Essen (Germany), Municipality of Gent (Belgium), Municipality of Leuven (Belgium), Municipality of Lyon (France), Municipality of Malmo (Sweden), Municipality of Milan (Italy), Municipality of Nuoro (Italy), Municipality of Nuremberg (Germany), Municipality of Tallinn (Estonia), Municipality of Umea (Sweden), Municipality of Vienna (Austria), Municipality of Viimsi (Estonia), Departmental Council of Dordogne (France), Municipality of Valencia (Spain).

Lifetime: January 2022- February 2026
Contact: Sabina Nicolella, Alberta Congeduti
Area: Spatial Planning and Local Development
Keywords: Sustainable food systems, sustainable school, GPP, Farm2Fork



The SchoolFood4Change project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036763.

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