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 and fill in the nomination survey.
Deadline for 2019 Best in Class nomination submissions is September 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Thank you for your interest in recognizing a community leader for a Best in Class Award!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food Industry Trailblazer
Recognizing a local farm or company from the food industry sector who has made outstanding contributions of most-needed fresh or non-perishable food items to food programs. The Food Industry Trailblazer regularly invests in healthier communities, donating essential food items to our neighbours in need that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Visionary Drop-In Program
Recognizing a drop-in and meal program in Toronto that incorporates innovative models and practices with flexibility and creativity to provide the most accessible and holistic services possible. The Visionary Drop-In Program delivers integrative and often life-saving services, such as harm reduction, food resources and Information & Referrals, with care and responsiveness.
Profound Community Impact
Recognizing a self-organised or peer-led food program rooted in the community they serve, who deeply understands the needs of clients based on their own lived experiences. The recipient of the Profound Community Impact award has shown great courage and resourcefulness to overcome their own barriers, and run a welcoming and equitable food program supported by the community.
Outstanding Food Program
Recognizing a food program in Toronto that makes significant efforts to serve community members with respect and dignity. The Outstanding Food Program continuously strives to lower barriers and increase food access for the community by building trusting relationships, using client-centred approaches and prioritizing user feedback and participation.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 above before placing your nomination.
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.
Can I submit a nomination for myself or my workplace?
Anyone may submit a nomination, including for yourself or your own organization.
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. Award recipients will be announced at the Best in Class Awards presentation on September 26, 2019.
Can I mail in my nomination?
All nominations must be submitted through the online form.
What if someone or an organization I’m nominating has won before?
We are always thrilled to see individuals or organizations thriving and growing. To that end, a past winner is eligible to apply for any of the categories above again.