Toonies for Tummies 2018 – Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

You know what it's like when you're hungry or "hangry".  Far too many children in Canada who are attending school, hoping to do their best, parti...

You know what it's like when you're hungry or "hangry". 

Far too many children in Canada who are attending school, hoping to do their best, participate in sports, graduate experience this feeling daily.

Nineteen companies in Canada who make food and consumer products in Canada want to join you in helping us give these children in elementary and high-school the best possible start to their day with access to a nutritious meal or mid-morning snack. These sponsors help enable the Toonies for Tummies program which is quietly at work each morning in schools throughout Ontario and Western Canada.

Retailers, also in your neighbourhood, Save-On-Foods, IGA (BC), Nesters Market and Buy-Low along with Metro, Food Basics, Longo's, Rabba and a host of independent retailers in Ontario, are also a very active part of the effort to help positively impact the lives of children - today and well into the future as they graduate fueled with increased knowledge around proper nutrition.

We know there are many important causes that are important to you, to your family and to your community. We hope feeding children is one of them.

Thank you in advance for donating $2 at the till January-March and, if possible, online year-round.

Our goal for this year's campaign is to raise $1 Million dollars that will benefit 1.1M children and hopefully fund some new student nutrition programs that are very much in need of support.

If you'd like to see some of these programs, including in your community, check out our Toonie Tracker.

On behalf of our student nutrition partners and the many volunteers who greet countless children, nourishing their bodies and potential, we thank you.

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.