Donating is Good for You: Body & Soul

The holidays are a time for giving, and not just because it's the last couple weeks of donation season for 2016 income tax receipts. That alone wi...

The holidays are a time for giving, and not just because it's the last couple weeks of donation season for 2016 income tax receipts. That alone will have caught a lot of people's attention, but at this time of year we need to remember all of the amazing reasons why we should donate to charity.

The Grocery Foundation has been responsible for giving food to many hungry children. Funding ensures that all young people, regardless of background, receive access to proper nutrition.

It's not only those children that can benefit from your charitable donations - you and your family can as well! To help explain, here are ten reasons why you should donate to charity:

Donating Is Good For You: Body & Soul

Many studies have shown that giving to charity, whether donating money or volunteering time, makes people happier. And when you're happier, you're healthier! One study showed pleasure centres of participants' brains lighting up after donating money. How's that for instant gratification?

Helping charity can make you more thankful for the things you already have. Recognising that you are in a position to be able to give can help you feel grateful day to day. You'll also feel great about yourself, helping to build up your own self-esteem and self-worth! If nothing else convinces you, help charity to help yourself!

Think About Your Tax Rebates

As mentioned before, we're in the last couple weeks of donating for your 2016 tax receipts. Holidays are a big time for charities as people feel that wonderful giving spirit. While you're already feeling great about giving, don't forget that you'll feel even better when you don't have to pay as much come tax season! That's always a nice bonus.

Meet New People

Giving your time can be just as, if not more, valuable as giving money. Volunteer experiences help you experience all the personal benefits with the added bonus of also letting you meet new people. Those people will have shared values, potentially leading to some new quality friendships that can last a lifetime.

Donating Can Be Good For Your Budget

It's great to give once in awhile, but if you can build it into your regular budget, why not? Not only will that mean more help for those in need, but you'll have these great benefits across a long term period! Plus, knowing you have to set aside a certain amount of money each month will turn your focus towards the rest of your budget. Closer attention to your overall spending can mean you're actually saving money every month, leaving more money in your pocket.

Be a Role Model

Keep an open dialogue with your kids about your charitable work. Talk to them about where you're donating to and why. Tell them the reasons why helping people in need is so vitally important, why it's great that your family is able to do this wonderful act.

The more your children see all of this, the more likely they are to grow up with a charitable and giving mindset. This time of year is the perfect time to get your kids involved - malls and stores all over the continent are likely to have some sort of charity set up ready to receive donations. After you've taken them shopping or had their picture taken with Santa, take them over to the nice people at the charity to say hello!

Bond With Friends and Family

Get everyone you know involved! Charity needs to be a community-wide effort. Arrange a social gathering to plan fund-raisers. Get together with your friends and bake things to sell. Host a charity auction in your community. Gather people together and make giving a fun experience for one and all!

Build a Better Future

Don't forget the real reason charity matters - the people that benefit from the money raised and aid given. With the Grocery Foundation, not only are you impacting children in the short term - improving nutrition and ensuring a better education - you're also creating long-term change. With a good start, those children will grow up healthy and happy. Those children are more likely to graduate and create even more opportunities for themselves in the future.

Give the Gift of Nutrition

Even a small donation can create these changes. Invest in our children's success and invest in building a better future for everyone.

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.