Eating and Tweeting in Cornwall

Today, another of our Agents of Change Ambassadors, Heba Kemal, a Grade 12 student from St. Lawrence Secondary School, in Cornwall held another To...

Today, another of our Agents of Change Ambassadors, Heba Kemal, a Grade 12 student from St. Lawrence Secondary School, in Cornwall held another Toonies for Tummies event.

Heba is the latest student in Ontario to bring attention to the importance of student nutrition programs among youth in the province.

The "eat and tweet event” saw grade 7 and 8 students take pics and post them during an extended breakfast which is being featured on the school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #EatandTweetSLSS

Heba also gave a presentation to the students on nutrition.

Photo Credit: St Lawrence Secondary School, Student Council

A special thanks to Heba, her Principal Mr. Wheeler, and the staff at St. Lawrence School for their support of this event and for having many students at the school share their thoughts with The Grocery Foundation on the importance of student nutrition.

Photo Credit: Trent Carter-Edwards, VP of St Lawrence Secondary School

Our Agents of Change recently asked their school peers to share their thoughts on the importance of student nutrition. We have many powerful stories that we will be sharing with you in the days and weeks to come. We are very thankful to all of the students in Ontario, to our partners across the province of Ontario who have been helping engage students in this essential topic.

We are so very thankful to all of the volunteers, youth, educators and partners who rally behind #Toonies4Tummies. Together, we are feeding better futures!

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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.