Why Food is About As Good As Philanthropy Gets

Food is central to cultures around the world. It nourishes communities. It brings people together. At The Grocery Foundation, we believe it is a h...

Food is central to cultures around the world.

It nourishes communities.

It brings people together.

At The Grocery Foundation, we believe it is a hallmark of giving for the greater good; especially when we're feeding children.

Helping children have access to food, including through student nutrition is the focus of our work.

When we do so, we of course are helping to provide children with essential nutrients, and, as research shows, we are helping them when it comes to academic performance, but we've also seen how supporting student nutrition builds communities. There are so many other wonderful benefits that come about through our collective efforts, many not seen or known to you. So today, on National Philanthropy Day, we'd like to celebrate and acknowledge all of the wonderful people who have committed to this effort and, who increasingly, are helping us make inroads to ensure we nourish as many neighbourhoods as we can.

Here at The Grocery Foundation, we've seen volunteers from different walks of life show up at student nutrition programs day in and out to help prepare meals, give out hugs and words of encouragement.

We've seen students, come together to raise funds and awareness around the importance of student nutrition. Just this past year we celebrated three of them, who themselves are in elementary school, but worked to coordinate a fundraiser. The same was true in offices dotted throughout Ontario who engaged employees and clients to help fund local student nutrition programs, or who made generous online donations to The Foundation.

We've received art from the students, and notes of thanks, showcasing just how much caring for them and helping them is making and difference, and makes them feel valued and loved.

Over the years, we've helped spread awareness about the issue of hunger and the importance of student nutrition. We'll continue to advocate for the cause and help Canadians understand that this is a cause that matters to each of us. It's also one we can impact, with a donation as little as a toonie, or with your time, focused on helping to make student nutrition a priority.

In the coming months, we're going to showcase students in Ontario who once again are helping to bring the importance of student nutrition to the fore. In their schools and in their local community. They are the change makers of the future. Together with these visionary leaders, and with your support and donations, we're not only going to talk about the possibilities that student nutrition enables, we're increasingly going to celebrate them.

Thank you for your support of The Grocery Foundation, and for Toonies for Tummies which returns Feb 9-23 to Ontario and for the first time will take place in Western Canada.

We'd welcome your stories of impact at @groceryfndtn. Let's get involved and let's create moments of possibility as we feed the future.

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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.