It Takes a Village

There is a powerful expression “it’s takes a village” to raise a child. It’s true, it also takes a village to help feed a child – or as we know, tens of thousands of children.

There is a powerful expression “it’s takes a village” to raise a child. It’s true, it also takes a village to help feed a child – or as we know, tens of thousands of children.

There are many worthwhile programs that are worth our time and attention – they make our communities healthy better places to live – one such vital program is Toonies for Tummies.

Nutritious snacks and meals are critical to the success of every child.

There is a lot of evidence from around the world and here in Canada that shows improved access to school meals can make an almost immediate difference in academic achievement and other aspects of wellbeing among children.

This year, as we do every year, we are asking shoppers to help us toward our goal of raising $1,000,000. There is no doubt that Toonies is your program. Its success is your success. The change it offers young children, the hope you have for their success and for our collective success as a community, as provinces, for that matter, as a country.

We would like to thank you and our sponsor companies and retail partners along with our official social media partner Food Bloggers of Canada and and For without you there would be no Toonies and that’s not something we think we can stomach.



  • A. Lassonde – Allen’s and Grave’s Juices
  • Burnbrae Farms – Naturegg Simply Egg Whites
  • Campbell Company of Canada – Pepperidge Farms Gold Fish Crackers
  • Canada Bread - – Dempster’s bread (ON), Ben’s Holsum bread (ATL CDA)
  • ConAgra Foods – DelMonte Fruit Cups, Snack Pack Pudding
  • High Liner Foods – Lemon Pepper Sole
  • Kraft Canada – Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Mondelez Canada – belVita Crackers
  • Nestlé Canada – Nescafe 3 in 1 coffee
  • Olivieri – Olivieri Three Cheese Rainbow Tortellini
  • Olymel – Breaded Chicken
  • Parmalat Canada – Astro Yogourt and Black Diamond Cheese products
  • PepsiCo Beverages – Tropicana Farmstand
  • PepsiCo Foods – Quaker Instant Oatmeal
  • Scotsburn Dairy Group (ATL only) Scotsburn Premium Ice Cream
  • Tree of Life Canada – Carr’s Water Table Crackers
  • Ultima Foods – Iögo yogurt
  • Weston Bakeries – D’Italiano bread
  • Wrigley Canada – Excel OTC gum
  • Chesley Grocery Store
  • Concord Food Centre
  • Coppa’s Fresh Market
  • Fiesta Farms
  • Food Basics
  • Foodland
  • Freshco
  • Galati Market Fresh
  • Galleria Supermarkets
  • Highland Farms
  • Longo's
  • Metro Ontario
  • Michael Angelo’s
  • Mike Dean’s Super Food Stores
  • Oak Ridges Food Market
  • Price Chopper
  • Rabba Fine Foods
  • Sobeys
  • Sunripe Farms
  • Urban Fresh
Atlantic Canada
  • Colemans Food Group
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Foodland
  • Powell’s Supermarkets
  • Sobeys
  • Valufoods
  • Village Mart

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.