In January 2013 the Rural Regeneration Unit (RRU) received the Public Health Wales Good Practice Scheme Award for the Community Food Co-operative Programme in Wales. The Public Health Good Practice Scheme is an approach that supports all practitioners, organisations and sectors involved health promotion, health improvement and community health development initiatives in the fields of nutrition and physical activity, mental health promotion and sexual health. The scheme consists of a good practice database, quality mark, awards and provision of support. It rewards good practice and will provide a systematic approach to sharing information about initiatives on the scheme in order to prevent duplication, enhance learning and enable decisions about what initiatives to adopt or develop.
In April 2009 the Community Food Co-operative Programme won a Carnegie UK Trust Rural Sparks award. The awards are for rural champions who have made a real difference in the areas where they live. There are five top Rural Sparks from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and 10 runners up. The winning programmes and projects were selected on the basis of innovation, sustainability and transferability. The Carnegie UK Trust is one of the UK's leading independent not for profit foundations.
In November 2006 the Community Food Co-operative programme won a World Health Organization award for counteracting obesity for activities in promoting fruit and vegetables, with a focus on vulnerable consumers. The programme was selected from 202 applications from 35 countries. It was later presented as an example of good practice at a World Health Organization conference on community initiatives for increasing healthy eating and physical activity.
The Food Northwest Awards are the highlight of the food and drink industry calendar. From farm to fork the Food Northwest awards proudly celebrate the energy, diversity and sheer hard work of companies large and small operating in the region.
These awards recognise individuals who give up time to help their local communities with separate awards for young people and adults working as individuals and in groups.