Food Behind Bars

Food Behind Bars

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  • Campaigning
  • Criminal justice

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National - Britain


We’re Food Behind Bars. We believe that food has the power to transform lives.

We are the UK’s only Registered Charity dedicated to transforming the food served in British prisons. We work with prisons on the subject of food - to improve the lives of those eating it and support the people making it. Our aim is to positively impact the health and wellbeing of prisoners, by delivering practical food-based education, promoting healthy eating and designing exciting food and drink initiatives.

Our projects and activities cover every aspect of food, cooking, eating and hospitality. We work with prisons on a bespoke basis, co-designing original initiatives that enable prisons to champion wholesome, tasty and exciting food. Our work is shaped around each unique establishment and united by our philosophy of wholesome food for everyone in society.

Food Behind Bars has been featured by the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Vogue, Huffington Post, Stylist and TEDX. We're at a pivotal stage of progress and we are looking for passionate people to come on board and support our next stage of growth.


We work with men’s and women’s prisons across England and Wales, collaborating closely with kitchen teams, prisoners and staff. We understand the logistical and financial challenges faced by prisons in delivering high quality food and engaging food education. We have learnt to work within these parameters. Our projects have been designed to empower catering teams, encouraging them to work creatively and resourcefully to produce delicious food that has a positive impact on prison life.

Our services include:

  • Menu development and redesign
  • Industry-standard culinary training
  • Guest workshops and practical food education
  • “HMP’s Best Chef” recipe competitions
  • Food growing/kitchen gardens
  • Barista training
  • Hospitality mentor pools/employment links
  • Baking and pastry projects
  • Recipe packs
  • Wellbeing and healthy eating resources
  • Food committees and catering forums

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