Cork Food Policy Council announces the 2018 Food Award Scheme to award those who go that extra mile when it comes to healthy, sustainable food practices. This awards scheme is designed to recognise those people, acknowledge their good work and encourage others to follow suit.
‘With 1 in 10 people in Cork experiencing food poverty addressing these food system issues has become even more important.’ says said Dr Colin Sage, Chair of the CFPC. ‘The award scheme will recognise those who support the important position and value that food has within the city and county, acknowledging that food has the capacity to improve our health, strengthen communities, and make the local economy and ecological systems more resilient.
‘We want to acknowledge, recognise and encourage those who go that extra mile when it comes to sustainable food practices’ says Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald. ‘Cork; ‘the Food Capital of Ireland’, has a strong culture of food, linked both to its past history and present activities’
Last year over 40 applications were received to the inaugural Cork Food Policy Council Awards scheme from a range of food-related projects in the education, not for profit and commercial sectors. Applicants that meet the criteria set out by the Cork Food Policy Council will receive a Certificate of Recognition and a winner from each of the categories will receive a Certificate of Excellence at the ceremony. This year, applicants, who must be Cork-based, are invited from each of the following four categories: Private Business, Non-profit Organisations, Educational Institutions and Primary & Secondary Schools
Cork Food Policy Council is the first of its kind in Ireland and one of the first in Europe. It is a partnership between representatives of the community sector, food retailing, farming, fishing, restaurant/catering, food markets, education, environmental and health agencies and local authorities and the aim shared by all stakeholders is to combine knowledge and experience from each sector to work communally towards a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system for all in Cork.
Rural areas surrounding Cork are well known for support of local growing, production and consumption, and the city itself brings food to its heart through its markets, restaurants and artisan foods. Farmer’s markets and Country Markets are found in most towns across the county and with a diverse selection of local food producers. Cork’s strong food culture has become a major pull factor for tourism within the region and a valuable contributor to the economy.
Successful applicants will be awarded the 2017 Cork Food Policy Council Certificate of Recognition at the special event. In addition, one outstanding example from each category will be awarded the 2017 CFPC Certificate of Excellence, along with a cash prize of €500 kindly donated by SuperValu Ireland.
For more information go to CorkFoodPolicyCouncil.com, or find us on Twitter @CorkFoodPolicy and Facebook @CorkFoodPolicyCouncil