The winners of the first Food and Drink Federation Community Partnership Awards were presented with their prizes by Margaret Beckett, DEFRA secretary of state, at the FDF president’s dinner last night.

The awards, arranged in partnership with William Reed, publisher of The Grocer, recognise food companies’ commitment to their communities.

Winner of the gold award in the large company category was Cadbury Trebor Bassett for its initiative ‘CommUnity -You Can Make a Difference’. The initiative involves staff in projects such as listening to children read, running sessions in schools, and mentoring students.

The silver award was won by Nestlé for work including its employee volunteer award scheme. Walkers Snacks was presented with the bronze award for its Walkers in the Community programme.

Macphie of Glenbervie took the gold award in the small to medium company category for its involvement in a range of projects such as providing business advisors to local schools and regeneration of a local farm. The silver award was presented to Midlands Co-operatives Dairies.

In the pilot scheme category, Unilever was awarded the gold award for its East London Schools Partnership scheme. Kellogg took the silver award for its Starting Out project, providing houses for young homeless people in Wythenshawe, Manchester. And the bronze award went to Cadbury Trebor Bassett for its work with young people in Keynesham.