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Cork Food Policy Awards

Cork Food Policy Council has announced the 2018 Food Award Scheme to award those who go that extra mile when it comes to healthy, sustainable food practices. 

Lord Mayor of Cork,  Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald said: “ ‘Cork; ‘the Food Capital of Ireland’, has a strong culture of food, linked both to its past history and present activities and so we are delighted to drive this very relevant award which is aimed at supporting Cork as a Healthy City”.  

“With one  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”. 

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 for the first time this year a special category for Primary & Secondary Schools.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. 

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.

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 Cork Food Policy

Pictured above is Lord Mayor of Cork  Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and Aoíbh Guthrie digging for worms while gardening with Lucy O'Connor of Musgraves and Keelin Tobin Cork Food Policy Council, at the launch of the 2018 Cork Food Policy Council Award Scheme, Knocknaheeney/Holyhill Community Garden, Cork City. 

Picture Clare Keogh 


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