Canadians Come Together to Fill Tummies - Over 1.1M of Them!

A few months ago, we set out to raise $1M that would help feed over 1.1M school aged children in Ontario and in Western Canada.

A few months ago, we set out to raise $1M that would help feed over 1.1M school aged children in Ontario and in Western Canada.

We’re beyond thrilled to share with you that we have met and exceeded this goal through the support and contribution of literally tens of thousands of shoppers, employees at over 600 grocery stores in Western Canada (Save-On-Foods, Buy-Low/Nesters Market and IGA stores of BC) and Ontario (Metro, Food Basics, Longo’s, Rabba, and participating independent retailers), and our #TooniesforTummies sponsors.

Many of you, donated, some twice. Some of you also went online or asked us how you could contribute more than a toonie in-store or via e-transfer and many of you supported the campaign sponsors - simply AMAZING!

You also shared our campaign in social media, liked and commented and liked, shared and commented in our sponsor and retailer partner social media channels, too!

It’s most rewarding to see our online community grow and to have you be part of this journey that will benefit so many Canadian children giving them access to nutritious breakfasts and snacks while at school.

This year saw a lot of new elements added to #TooniesforTummies including our Match Funds day, where again you rallied behind, and we had the opportunity to share with you some very compelling stories from volunteers and educators who are involved in bringing these programs to life. If you did not get the opportunity to view them, we hope you can now:

In the coming days and months, we're going to be tallying the donations by community and working to ensure these funds make their way to many, many schools. We will share news with you prior to back to school so you can see just how these donations are distributed.

On behalf of our 19 brand sponsors, our retail sponsors, the countless volunteers who make these programs run day in and out, and our partners: Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) and Breakfast Club of Canada, our most sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your role in this year's campaign and helping us not only achieve, but exceed our goal. 100% of all donations will go back to local programs.

Most importantly thank you on behalf of each and every each child in your community that your donation will go to support. Their wellbeing and success equals a better future for us all.

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.