Belfast celebrates with top food award
Belfast is one of just five cities in the UK to be granted an award at this year's Sustainable Food Cities annual ceremony.
The city was one of four to win the scheme's bronze award, while just one location took home the programme's silver award.
Sustainable Food Cities is a network which encourages groups to work together to make their areas known for healthy and sustainable food.
The bronze award recognises the work carried out across the city by Belfast Food Network's 450 members to address problems including obesity and diet-related ill-health.
Initiatives such as the Public Health Agency's 'Choose to Live Better' campaign, Belfast City Council's food waste collection, and school 'Healthy Snack' policies all contributed to Belfast being recognised as a sustainable food city.
Belfast's network chairman Dr Elizabeth Mitchell said that she was proud of the achievement.
"I'd like to thank every single member of the Belfast Food Network for their hard work and commitment in securing the award and chief executive Kerry Melville for her enthusiasm in leading the activities," she said.
"It's fantastic to receive it during the 'Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink' and we look forward to building on this strong foundation in the coming years."