Toonies for Tummies Toonie Tracker

In 2013 The Grocery Foundation conducted some research of Canadians, one of the facts it uncovered is that 88 per cent of Canadians report they ar...

In 2013 The Grocery Foundation conducted some research of Canadians, one of the facts it uncovered is that 88 per cent of Canadians report they are more inclined to help a charity if they know they are making a difference.1

Funds raised through the Toonies for Tummies program benefit a number of organizations in Ontario, in Atlantic Canada, as well as programs with a national footprint. The programs include the Ontario Student Nutrition Program in Ontario, Breakfast Club of Canada, Breakfast for Learning and Boys and Girls Clubs that are involved in providing snacks and meals to school-aged children including large city centres, remote rural communities and First Nations Reserves.

According to these partners:

During the 2012-13 school year, over 695,000 school-age children and youth in Ontario benefited from more than 4,200 breakfasts programs.

According to the Breakfast Club, over to 152,000 students have access to a nutritious breakfast each morning in 1,328 schools across Canada. In 2013 The Club served over 24 million breakfasts to students in school.

When you are in store in Ontario you will find more information on the need in your community/region. You will also see the amount of funds your store is looking to raise and/or has raised during this year’s campaign. We also invite you to visit our Toonie Tracker to learn more about where the monies raised are going in the vicinity of your store/home.

Remember a Toonie does make a difference, donate today.

1. Leger Web – survey of 1505 Canadians December 5, 201

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.