Call for nominations!


Food Forward Awards 2012

The Food Forward Awards celebrate outstanding contributions – among our volunteers, professionals, projects, and businesses – focused on food that is healthy, local, sustainable, ethically produced, and accessible for all. As the people’s voice for a better food system, we are asking you to help us identify new efforts and results that are especially notable for community recognition. Please see the call for nominations for our 2012 awards:

Nominations are invited in the following categories:

Breakout Food Activist Award – Recognizes an individual whose recent learning and understanding on food policy has led him/her to community organizing or standing up for food justice or good food policy at institutional, municipal, or other levels.

Spicy New Venture Award – For a food-related business or entrepreneur whose recent work has led to the development of a delicious venture contributing significantly to increase good food, food justice, and/or good food job expansion in one or more of Toronto neighbourhoods.

Sweet New Initiative Award – For an organization, group, or partnership whose recent work has led to the development of an initiative contributing significantly to increase: good food, food justice, and/or community food security in Toronto neighbourhoods or communities.

Food Forward Outstanding Member Award – Recognizes the commitment and contributions of a Food Forward individual member towards our mission, by supporting the design and implementation of our projects, development, capacity, and/or outreach. Also considers independent work the individual has contributed to related good food projects or policies through education, advocacy, and making connections.

Criteria & Qualifications

Where applicable, we will be looking for good food work that is practical, visionary, and innovative.

We are considering work that puts a focus on food justice and/or good food (healthy, local, sustainable, ethically produced, and accessible for all). We also recognize contribution of efforts to good food jobs and economic development in Toronto.

Work should have begun or significantly carried out in the last two years.

We know that good food work and non-profit/for-profit lines are blurring across lines of innovation, so please apply to the category you feel your nominee fits best.

Nominators should not nominate themselves or a project they have had a significant role in organizing. Individuals may make more than one nomination and in any category. Decisions of the committee will be final.

Decision-making committee

Eric Wood (Fabarnak, Hawthorne Food and Drink), Catherine Mah (Food Policy Research Initiative CAMH, Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto), Vanessa Ling Yu (Food Forward, Bathurst-Finch Network Food Action Team), Suresh Doss (Spotlight Toronto, Ontario Food Trucks), Tzazná Miranda Leal (Justicia for Migrant Workers), Elizabeth Fraser (The Stop, Community Food Centres Canada)


Awards will be presented at the event, Pushing Forward: The 2012 Food Forward Awards and Second Anniversary Party, in Toronto on August 11. Prizes for awardees are to be confirmed. They’ll be delicious, practical, and include positive media/social media coverage for awardees.


Tell us briefly about the person or project and how they’ve been successful in their good food work, reflecting the specific and general awards criteria outlined above.

Deadline is by the end of the day, Friday, July 27, 2012.

Email this submission to:

Submission -Pushing Forward: The 2012 Food Forward Awards

Your name and email/phone contact:

Nominee name:

Description of nominee (up to 250 words):

Website/social media and email/phone contact for nominee: