The School Food Trust (SFT) has been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for its work on children's food.
The charity won the RSPH's health promotion and community wellbeing organisation and partnership award along with six other UK organisations in 2011.
The RSPH awarded the SFT the title for its impact on children's health by improving food in schools, helping children and families develop healthy cooking skills and for its nutrition and advice research programme.
Rob Rees, chairman of the SFT, expressed delight at winning the award. He said: "Our work cuts across all aspects of children's food and to have its contribution to improving health recognised by the Society is a great honour."
Richard Parish, chief executive of RSPH, added: "The health promotion award winners all demonstrated just what can be achieved with local leadership and enthusiasm. They represent some spectacular achievements."
The SFT focuses on health promotion, with advice, research, resources, support and training to help improve the nutritional quality of school food, give children a better experience in school dining rooms and to increase the number of pupils eating school meals in all part of its offer.
Its Let's Get Cooking initiative has established the country's largest network of healthy cooking clubs for children with support from a £20m grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and also provides healthy cooking training for a whole range of other audiences including students at university, residents in care and staff in their workplaces.
The RSPH awards recognise achievement in the development and implementation of health promotion and community wellbeing strategies and initiatives, in support of the health promotion workforce.
By Janie Stamford
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