Upwards of 2,700 Families Receiving Support in Eastern Ontario During Covid-19.

Upwards of 2,700 Families Receiving Support in Eastern Ontario During Covid-19. A healthy breakfast available at school is often a vital sourc...
Upwards of 2,700 Families Receiving Support in Eastern Ontario During Covid-19.
A healthy breakfast available at school is often a vital source of nutrition for a food insecure child. In fact, some students report access to a healthy meal is among their top reasons for wanting to attend school. So with school out, a lack of access to in-school student programs pose a significant issue for many children in eastern Ontario.
Aware of the risks and the potential for added food-insecure related stress during Covid-19, organizations focused on feeding hungry children in the region are now supporting upwards of 2,700 families.
The model includes local school boards and the local United Way agencies in the Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Leeds & Grenville, and Renfrew communities informing students and their families where and how they can access food.
Student nutrition program leads, local food banks, food distribution companies and an army of volunteers have been filling backpacks with healthy snacks and Family Food Hampers including dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, and cheese donated by local producers and food distributors.
Incremental support has come from The Grocery Foundation in the form of additional funding and coupons for healthy foods, all destined to help those most in need.
"There’s a lot of gratitude and appreciation by students and their parents," says Jennifer Cuillerier, Student Nutrition Regional Manager. "Hearing ‘wow, oranges’, and ‘my kids will be so excited’, is welcome news during a time when we all need some joy."

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.