Join Us And Help Nourish Canadian Kids’ Hungry Tummies

We’ve all heard it: that big voice booming out of their little selves, “I’M HUNGRYYY!”. When kids are hungry, it’s our job to feed them. As parent...

We’ve all heard it: that big voice booming out of their little selves, “I’M HUNGRYYY!”. When kids are hungry, it’s our job to feed them. As parents, and as a #FamilyFirst company, it’s always been our mission to fill Canadians’ tummies with nourishing food. So of course, we said “we’re in!” when we heard about The Grocery Foundation’s mission to feed hungry children’s tummies, and their #Toonies4Tummies campaign.

This year food insecure children are facing a greater risk of going hungry. Experts predict the number of children in need may in fact have doubled by the end of 2020. Alongside The Grocery Foundation, our goal is to help fill two times as many hungry tummies and help them access a healthy breakfast. We are incredibly proud to sponsor this important campaign, and to help bring the number of hungry Canadian Kids down to 0. It’s a truly ambitious goal, but with your help we can do it.

Toonies Fill Tummies

Each toonie helps to fill a hungry tummy. 100% of donations go to providing hungry kids access to a healthy breakfast, whether they’re studying at home or in school. Plus, donations stay in the communities they’re made in: when you donate, you’re helping make a difference for children in your neighbourhood.

Thanks for Taking The #ToonieChallenge

Maple Lodge took part in the #ToonieChallenge at the below grocery stores. Thanks for joining us and donating a Toonie. You can still donate in store at Buy-Low Foods and Nesters Market (see the dates below) or online at


Jan 21 – Feb 3 – Longo’s
Feb 4 – Feb 18 – Metro / Food Basics
Feb 11 – Feb 25 – Sobeys / Foodland

Western Canada

Jan 21-Feb 3 – Freson Bros.
Jan 21 – Feb 3 – Quality Foods
Feb 4 – Feb 17 – Save-On-Foods
Feb 11 – Feb 25 – Sobeys / Thrifty Foods / Safeway / IGA
Feb 28 – March 13 – Buy-Low Foods / Nesters Market

Atlantic Canada

Feb 11 – Feb 25 – Sobeys / Foodland & participating Co-ops

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.