How do students in your family, neighbourhood feel about student nutrition?

How do students in your family, neighbourhood feel about student nutrition? Ask them! We asked some children and teens, they told us: "Forever Hun...

How do students in your family, neighbourhood feel about student nutrition? Ask them! We asked some children and teens, they told us:

"Forever Hungry - Every day kids head to school hungry with only a few snacks in their lunches. No money to buy lunch. Their science test finally arrives. The hungry child had studied the entire weekend, but all they could think of was food. They get the test back. 58%. It’s sad, kids go to school hungry, and their thoughts are only ever on food. Keeping their thoughts off their work and slowing them down in gym or dance. They get skinnier, not in the healthy way. It’s hard to be hungry all day ... These children struggle, I’m thankful the student health program exists, children need it." - Caitlin P.


"Our striving students in [our school] all have their own goals and troubles of some sort. But some troubles and worries are bigger than others. Some of the troubles and worries for students I’ve seen in different schools ,including my school is this "hunger". Some of the students across [my city] worry if they are going to get proper nutrition the next day or even the next meal because their family is in need of help or other conditions. ... Sometimes students around [our city] rely on programs like this and don't discuss their home life because they can feel embarrassed by how people view them. I think if we didn't have this Student Nutrition Program in [our city] or in other cities, the students might be in severe conditions of not having enough proper nutrition. This program helps families that require assistance. That’s why people should be talking about this program and make our fabulous students more successful in school academics and activities." - Alyssa M.


"I had no idea how many kids went to school hungry, I never thought that the people sitting around me could have no food to eat in the morning. All my life I have taken for granted the food that always fills my cupboards, complaining that there was nothing I wanted to eat never thinking “what if there was nothing to eat?” so when we talked about this in class I was alarmed at what I was hearing. It’s a very good thing that other people have taken notice of this and taken up action against it. Of course I am talking about nutritional programs in school like the breakfast club. My school has a breakfast club which basically is a bunch of tables set up and teachers, staff or other volunteers filling plates with fruit, yogurt, cheese, toast, cereal and other breakfast foods and giving them to anyone who wants one. I feel this is a good system because it can take some stress away from the mornings of family’s who can’t provide breakfast for their kids. It also allows them to use their food money for when the children aren’t at school. Another benefit is that anyone can eat there, no one will have to feel embarrassed about needing food. As much as these programs are helpful they are also difficult to keep running. I feel very fortunate that I have never faced these challenges and I am very proud that my family and I frequently donate to charities such as the local food bank and food for learning programs." - Ella O.


Our goal is to raise $850,000 during this two week campaign. Providing over 1.7 million health snacks and meals in schools across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

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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.