The purpose of the award was to recognise projects in the city focusing on healthy and sustainable food. Belfast Food Swop, a new community based organisation, beat stiff competition to win the award.
Food Swap was founded by Alex Tennant who had experienced a similar scheme working in England. People who make and grow their own fruit and vegetables make contact via social media and meet at ‘market days’ to swap their produce and share ideas on reducing food waste. No money is exchanged in the process.
Maria Jennings, Director of the Food Standards Agency in NI, in congratulating Alex said: 'We were very pleased to see Belfast Food Swop win this award. It is clear that the key purpose of this clever project is to support and promote healthy and sustainable food practices. Food Swap is a great example of how people can work together to benefit from a healthy balanced diet at a very low cost. This simple idea could easily take hold across Northern Ireland.'
Belfast Healthy Cities Chair Bernadette Cullen praised the standard of entries received for the awards: 'Belfast Healthy Cities has been promoting wellbeing and a ‘health in all policies’ approach to addressing health inequalities in the city for 25 years. The partnership approach we have developed with statutory bodies and the community sector helps drive our agenda and the commitment these groups make is reflected in the standard of entries for these awards.'