How An Employee's Love of Food, Inspired A Company

Crawford Packaging's employee Stella is a self-proclaimed foodie, who's mouth will water when recalling a delicious meal. She also will tell you t...

Crawford Packaging's employee Stella is a self-proclaimed foodie, who's mouth will water when recalling a delicious meal. She also will tell you that she, "learned from my parents that food makes everyone smile."

It's this passion for food and for smiling that inspired Stella and her co-workers at Brampton-based Crawford Packaging, to rally behind Toonies for Tummies with a company-wide fundraiser.

Inspired by her childhood which included being one of seven children -- always with food -- and a mother known to share leftovers with neighbours and families, it was easy for Stella to rally her employees especially as she puts it, "it's very disturbing to know children are hungry. How and why is this happening?"

Employees at the company, which has a history across the province in London, Barrie, Mississauga, and now in Brampton, raised $760 which was donated to Toonies for Tummies.

Today, there are over 1.2M children in the province who partake in student nutrition programs each year. In Peel Region, which includes the vicinity of this company's head office, that number is 125,000. The funds donated from Crawford Packaging will benefit students in grade and high school students and will provide nearly 1,500 nutritious meals and/or snacks.

"These children are our future, every little bit helps," says Stella, adding "I look forward to the next opportunity and challenge myself to raise double what we currently donated!"

We're sure the thought of that result has a lot of students and volunteers who help run breakfast programs in the region smiling, too.

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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.