Restaurants and their patrons can nominate outstanding philanthropic contributors for their accomplishments.

The National Restaurant Association is accepting entries to its 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award. In addition, patrons, employees and other members of the community the foodservice operation serves are invited to nominate the restaurants of their choice.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award honors charitable contributions in four categories (small business, mid-size business, large business/national chain, and Cornerstone Humanitarian). Each participating state restaurant association will select winners in their respective states that will be in the running for the national award. The state winners will also be recognized on the NRA's website.

Participants can submit application/nomination forms online at until January 7, 2013. The NRA will also accept nominations through its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

Four national winners will each receive a $5,000 contribution to their charitable projects. The national winners will be presented the awards in Washington, D.C., in April 2013, and be recognized on the NRA's website.