1. How do you donate to Toonies for Tummies? Shoppers can donate in-store, at participating retailers, during our campaign period or online year-ro...
1. How do you donate to Toonies for Tummies?

Shoppers can donate in-store, at participating retailers, during our campaign period or online year-round at the

2. How does The Grocery Foundation decide which schools get funding?

The Foundation works with the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, a provincial initiative which exists to provide nutritious food to children and youth. This network represents various towns, municipalities and schools at the elementary and high-school level across the entire province. OSNPN advises The Foundation on local programs, including the needs at each. Funding supports school breakfast, snack and/or lunch programs.

3. What students can attend these programs?

Student nutrition programs are universal - this means they are open to all students attending the school making nutritious food available to them, supporting their success. These guidelines include serving one serving of fruit and/or vegetable at every meal and snack.

4. What do student nutrition programs serve the children?

Student nutrition programs are provided with nutrition guidelines to help them with menu selection and to help ensure they select/serve nutritious foods for breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

5. Do 100% of funds donated at the till and online go to the programs?

Yes. The Toonies for Tummies program is supported by Campaign sponsors and retailer partners. Their support enable the program including awareness-building of the issue, the impact of student nutrition programs. With this support in place, The Grocery Foundation can ensure 100% of donations flow to local student nutrition programs in the communities where the donations are made. The names of the sponsoring companies and retail partners can be found on The Foundation’s website

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.