#Toonies for Tummies Shares How 2017 Donations Are Making an Impact

The Toonies for Tummies campaign continues to help enable success for students in Ontario and now in Western Canada. Yes, the need is great! but w...

The Toonies for Tummies campaign continues to help enable success for students in Ontario and now in Western Canada.

Yes, the need is great! but we'd like to think the evidence is mounting showing our impact is even greater. When we give school-aged children access to nutritious foods, we all win. Students who eat breakfast have a better chance of graduating, show improvements in nutrition and in nutrition education, which is vital to their long-term health and well being. Initiative and academics improve at school, fueling their confidence. Now that school is in full swing, the donations from the 2017 campaign are hard at work. You can check out how much money was raised in ON and in Western Canada  here. These funds are hard at work benefiting the communities where donations were made. Thank you to everyone who supported this incredibly vital movement!

We are in the midst of planning our 2018 campaign in Ontario and in Western Canada, made possible by our retailer partners, sponsors, and of course, the shoppers who opt to make a donation and support children in their local communities.

Student nutrition programs may not be always visible to each and every one of us each day, but the impact is most certainly seen and felt. Thank you to everyone who has donated and continues to donate during the campaign and year-round.

We are also most grateful to our Agents of Change Student Ambassadors who continue to support the campaign and are bringing the message of impact and the importance of student nutrition to life in their schools and communities.

Together, we are nourishing communities and helping build a brighter future.

2017 Ontario Allocation of Donations

2017 Western Allocation of Donations

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.