How One Toronto Woman Ushered in her 60th Birthday feeding 100 children

Yvonne celebrated her 60th birthday a few months ago. It was about the same time the #TooniesforTummies program was taking place in Ontario and in Atlantic Canada.

Yvonne celebrated her 60th birthday a few months ago. It was about the same time the #TooniesforTummies program was taking place in Ontario and in Atlantic Canada.

A resident of Toronto, Yvonne came upon the campaign when in-store. She, like many, was surprised to learn that children (many of them) in her community, were going school hungry.

“I first heard of toonies for tummies at the Sobeys grocery checkout. Having never in my 60 years gone hungry, I was shocked to learn that school kids in my own neighbourhood arrive at school hungry."

With her birthday celebrations ahead of her. Yvonne decided to selflessly give back to many children she'll never have the chance to meet. With the in-store materials decorating her "party" Yvonne and her guests raised $200 which will go toward providing 100 children, just over 3 classrooms with nutritious food.

Happy Birthday Yvonne! Wishing you many more to come.

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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.