Toonies for Tummies returns to Ontario

Giving a Toonie is all it takes to help a child succeed. The many retailers like Longo's are who are supporting Toonies for Tummies are making you...

Giving a Toonie is all it takes to help a child succeed. The many retailers like Longo's are who are supporting Toonies for Tummies are making your donation stretch even further with Match Funds days.

Longo's kicked off their fundraising drive which runs February 2-22 with their Match Funds February 3 along with the GG Sisters, Store staff and Roseanne Longo.

Tracy Moore, host Cityline, and the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services - whose department helps fund student nutrition programs - also made a donation at a local Metro in advance of their return to the campaign.

Be sure to also check out to see additional retailers who are supporting this campaign in Ontario February 8-22, and their Match Funds dates. Toonies also returns to Western Canada at the end of the month.

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.