The Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG) are now accepting nominations for an award that recognises individuals, businesses or organisations in Ireland that have embraced an ethos of social responsibility to an outstanding level.
Now in its third year, this annual award shines a light on initiatives that might otherwise fall under the radar, but that are making a significant contribution to the role that food plays in Irish communities.
A wide range of food-related initiatives can be nominated for this award, with food waste, community garden and food poverty all being recognised at 2015’s inaugural award, when the Bia Food Initiative (now the Food Cloud Hub) was awarded overall winner.
In 2016, initiatives promoting accessible employment, organic gardening and food growing were awarded, with the Irish Seed Savers Association recognised as the overall winner for promoting biodiversity and protecting Irish food heritage.
The main considerations for the award are that the nominated initiatives are well managed, transparent and have a good relationship with its community.
Nominations are welcomed from individuals, businesses and organisations who can nominate themselves or others, and these nominations will be accepted up to and including Thursday, 28 September 2017.
The award will be judged by the members of the IFWG and the winner announced in early 2018, as part of the Guild’s annual Food Awards.
Aoife Carrigy, Chairperson of the IFWG, said: “The Guild aspires to being ‘a voice for better eating’. There are many people and organisations working hard to tackle social issues related to making, eating and accessing good food in Ireland. This award is our way of using that collective voice to champion this important work.”