2017 Sponsor Spotlight: Burnbrae Farms

Burnbrae Farms has its origins in a farm outside the village of Lyn, which is near Brockville in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The farm, known as Burnb...

Burnbrae Farms has its origins in a farm outside the village of Lyn, which is near Brockville in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The farm, known as Burnbrae Farms, has been in the Hudson family for over 120 years.

Our story is one that is rich in helping Canadians live well - beginning with the essential nutrients found in eggs. Eggs are the perfect way to help fuel growing children’s bodies and minds and help them do their best at school and play. We know that studies show kids and teens perform better in school when they eat well - eggs play an important role in nourishing growing children and teens; and make great sense as part of a balanced diet.

Breakfast Matters

Eating a healthy breakfast can help children and teens get off to a good start, boosting both their energy and focus. A wealth of evidence shows that youth who eat breakfast on a consistent basis get more of the energy and nutrients they need. And research shows breakfast helps promote better academic performance.

Overcoming Excuses

As children grow up, they naturally make more of their own food choices. But parents still have an important role to play in encouraging children to eat a balanced breakfast. Making breakfast a family affair with healthy choices is a good place to start. And eggs make sense as a simple, versatile, nutritious and affordable way to include protein.

Good Nourishment

As one of nature’s most nutritious foods, eggs make a great choice for fueling children’s and teens growing bodies and minds. They’re an excellent source of high quality complete protein that provides all the building blocks (amino acids) needed for growing bodies. Plus they provide 13 vitamins and minerals essential for healthy development, such as:

  • Choline for healthy brain development and function
  • Folate, iron and vitamin B12 for making red blood cells
  • Vitamin A for healthy skin and night vision
  • Vitamin D for building healthy bones and teeth
  • Protein-rich foods, like eggs, make good sense as part of a balanced breakfast because protein can help children stay full longer. That means they’ll be less likely to get distracted by hunger and better able to concentrate well.

Just like eggs, programs like Toonies for Tummies are essential to living well - they help feed children in our communities and help us thrive as communities overall. Burnbrae Farms is proud to be involved with the Grocery Foundation’s Toonies for Tummies initiative providing essential meals and snacks to children in Ontario and western Canada receive essential meals and snacks. This program is part of our overall efforts to be a good corporate citizen including our efforts around sustainability, the environment and animal welfare.

Cheddar-Herb Egg Stuffed Muffins

Egg-cellent Ideas

Here are some ideas for adding eggs to school day breakfasts and lunch boxes: • Cook up a dozen hard-boiled eggs or try our EGGS2go! Hard Boiled Egg Snack Pack and keep on hand in the refrigerator for quick and easy meals such as egg salad sandwiches and snacks on-the-go • Try a new recipe with your kids on the weekend, like our Cheddar-Herb Egg Stuffed Muffins and Garden Veggie Omelette Pinwheels – perfect to pack in a lunch box. Or visit our website for more recipe ideas.
Garden Veggie Omelette Pinwheels

Burnbrae Farms believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business. We support many local community programs as well as local and national charities. We encourage other companies to support programs like Toonies for Tummies this year. A Toonie may not seem like a lot, but it can go a long way to a child in need. Think of how many eggs a Toonie can buy!

Visit us online at: www.burnbraefarms.com and follow us on Twitter: @BurnbraeFarms

Help Us Make Breakfast a Reality for a Hungry Child

Chasing dreams should be part of every child’s day. Going without breakfast shouldn’t be.


We are so grateful to Canadians who support Toonies for Tummies during our annual store campaign and, year-round, online.

You may know on April 16th, the Federal Government confirmed plans to support student nutrition programs. Specifically, the budget has announced the creation of a National School Food Program, which will provide $1 billion over five years to Employment and Social Development Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada, starting in 2024‑25.

You may wonder what does this government funding mean specific to the need and our efforts to fundraise?

Without a doubt, we continue to need your support. While many student nutrition program leaders are encouraged by the incremental government support, many have taken to the news and social media to confirm even with this support, funding gaps will persist.

The Grocery Foundation's Vision, that no Canadian child goes to school hungry, remains fully intact. Our work continues and remains vital to support hungry children through their school’s student nutrition program. There is no change whatsoever in our focus, our mission, or our reliance on your support.

The programs we help fund are universal in nature. That means all children who require a healthy meal have access. Those on the front lines of these programs affirm their positive impact and positive halo beyond the day’s nutrition, from attendance, behaviours to the school community and mental health. The programs you help fund also support foundational nutrition knowledge and social skill building, as many programs include mechanisms for student involvement in menu planning, food preparation and serving of food to peers.

Thank you for choosing to support hungry children in your community, nourishing their health, well-being, academic success while fostering their school community. With your continued support, we will continue to help dreams take flight and nourish over 3,000 programs and neighbourhoods, yours among them.