What are the awards and recognition for?

Every year community members selflessly raise money and fill barrels with food to help neighbors throughout Silicon Valley. In 2019 these combined efforts helped generate more than 28 million meals that went straight to kids, families and seniors in nearly every neighborhood — from up in Daly City, out to Pescadero and all the way down to Gilroy.

How do I win an award?

For fundraisers (a.k.a. virtual food drives):
Every $1 = 2.5 points

For food collected:
Every 1 pound = 1 point

For combination drives (money and food):
Total Pounds + (Total Dollars x 2.5) = Total Points

Per capita drives:
Corporate figures are calculated by dividing total points by the total number of employees at your local participating campuses.

School, small business, congregational and other smaller drives are calculated by dividing total points by the total number of members in your group.

Award Levels Total Donation Per Capita*
Blue Diamond Award 50,000+ Points 225+ Points
Platinum Award 25,000 to 49,999 Points 111 to 224 Points
Gold Award 10,000 to 24,999 Points 51 to 110 Points
Silver Award 4,000 to 9,999 Points 30 to 50 Points
Bronze Award 1,000 to 3,999 Points 15 to 29 Points

Special awards

The following awards recognize outstanding and unique efforts nominated and selected by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley staff. If you would like to learn how to grow or get more creative with your drive, head to our resources and tips for building your drive, or contact us at drives@shfb.org.

Brass Ring
Companies, organizations or groups that earned 500,000 points or more in a year

Bumper Crop
Companies, organizations or groups with incredible food drive growth

Community Champion
Organizations or groups with the highest total points in each of the three size categories: 1) fewer than 250 participants, 2) 250 – 1,000 participants, and 3) 1,000+ participants

Corporate Champion
Companies with the highest total points in each of the three size categories: 1) fewer than 250 participants, 2) 250 – 1,000 participants, and 3) 1,000+ participants

Corporate Food Bowl
The company with the highest per capita points and more than 50,000 total points in a year

Employee Food Bowl
The company with the highest per capita employee points (corporate gifts not included) and more than 50,000 points in a year

For the Kids Outstanding Achievement Award
The company, organization or group demonstrating the most excitement during our For the Kids campaign

Golden Apple
School groups showing extraordinary effort

Hunger Hero
Companies, organizations, groups and individuals demonstrating an exceptional level of commitment to hunger relief

Million Meals Club
Companies, organizations and groups that accumulate the equivalent of 1 million points. Totals are cumulative year over year and will be recognized in increments of 5 million.

Outside the Barrel
Honor for outstanding innovation and creativity in food drive efforts

Outstanding Drive Coordinators
Recognition given to exemplary food drive coordinators

Outstanding Youth
Recognition given to exemplary students

Spirit Award
Outstanding faith-based food drive