About Best in Class Awards


The Best in Class Awards, presented by Daily Bread Food Bank, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to alleviating hunger and poverty in Toronto through raising awareness, corporate social responsibility, fundraising and charitable giving.

Nominations are now open, and we need your help!

Nominate an individual or organization making significant contributions to their community in one of the categories below.


Submissions for the 2018 Best in Class Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.
For a list of this year’s nominees, please click here.

Outstanding Philanthropist

Recognizing an individual, family or family foundation who has demonstrated strong commitment to supporting Toronto’s most vulnerable people through generous community activity, especially monetary contributions.
Corporate Leader

Recognizing a company or its corporate foundation who has demonstrated leadership in improving communities through its corporate social responsibility efforts. The Corporate Leader fights hunger and poverty in Toronto through charitable donations and employee volunteering, promoting awareness and philanthropy within the workplace and marketplace.
Community Champion

Recognizing an individual or group who has raised awareness of poverty issues by creating and organizing a community fundraiser, event, or campaign. The Community Champion mobilizes support and engagement in poverty reduction and shows leadership in the community, creating a network of advocates and supporters for the cause.
Exceptional Volunteer

Recognizing an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to fighting hunger and poverty in Toronto through volunteerism. The Exceptional Volunteer has made a significant impact by contributing extensive time, valuable skills and expertise.
Change Maker

Recognizing an individual or group in media, research or education who has influenced or shaped our understanding of hunger and poverty. The Change Maker digs into the root causes of poverty and plays a critical role in raising public awareness and advocating for long-term solutions.
Youth Leader

Recognizing a young person who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, achievement or innovation in raising public consciousness about poverty in Toronto. The Youth Leader shows a commitment to civic engagement, making change in their local community and life-long learning. The candidate is 25 years or younger as of September 25, 2018.

Deadline for 2018 Best in Class nomination submissions is August 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for a Best in Class Award?

Individuals and organizations who demonstrate commitment to hunger and poverty alleviation in Toronto through raising awareness, volunteering, fundraising and charitable giving are eligible for a Best in Class Award. Please review the award categories and criteria before placing your nomination.

2. Can I nominate an individual or organization in more than one award category?

Yes. If you would like to nominate an individual or organization for more than one category, please submit an additional online form.

3. Can I submit a nomination for myself or my workplace?

Anyone may submit a nomination, including for yourself or your own organization.

4. How will award recipients be decided?

All nominations will be reviewed by a nominations committee, comprised of employees and volunteers of Daily Bread Food Bank, and weighed against nomination criteria. Three successful finalists from each category will be contacted by August 24, 2018. Award recipients will be announced at the Best in Class Awards presentation on September 25, 2018.

5. Can I mail in my nomination?

All nominations must be submitted through the online form.

For more information about the Best in Class Awards, please contact Lynn Matisz, Stewardship Coordinator, at LMatisz@dailybread.ca.

Thank you for your interest in recognizing a community leader for a Best in Class Award.