Meet Khadeeja, Agent of Change grade 12 student from Ottawa

Meet Khadeeja, a Grade 12 IB student with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario in Ottawa. Recently Rebecca from Bit of Momsense ...

Meet Khadeeja, a Grade 12 IB student with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario in Ottawa. Recently Rebecca from Bit of Momsense interviewed her regarding her involvement in her school's breakfast club. 

After taking a nutrition class Khadeeja became interested nutrition and how important it is especially in kids.

Her school’s breakfast club feeds 80-120 students each day. She believes the reason some students need to use the program varies – from lack of food at home, stressful situations, choosing not to eat when they first wake up, and weight concerns/food avoidance.

Khadeeja will discussing diversity and multiculturalism before the Agents of Change Summit on February 8th and how food brings us together.

Make sure you read Rebecca's full interview with Khadeeja.

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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.