Did you know…
Everyday 1 in 5 children go to school hungry.
There are SO many different reasons why this happens; it’s not because their parents don’t care, it’s not because they have no food in their house…although, sadly sometimes these are the reasons. But more often than not it’s because their alarm clock didn’t go off on time and they had to rush to school or eating first thing in the morning makes them a little queasy, so they prefer to grab a quick snack at school.
Regardless of the reasons, who are we to judge? The only thing we can do is try to prevent students from going hungry so they can be clear-headed and focused during class.
Toonies 4 Tummies is a program started in 1979 by The Grocery Foundation; an Ontario based non-profit organization that represents the leaders of the grocery industry of Canada. This initiative was focused on the health and well-being of children to provide them with a safe and welcoming way to fuel their bodies so they can learn and succeed in life, by providing nutritious breakfasts and snacks for students across the province.
Now, in 2017 over 500 stores plus 30 independent grocery retailers will be taking part in Toonies 4 Tummies and for the very first time Western Canada, thanks to their partnership with Breakfast Clubs of Canada and the expansions of Save-On-Foods; in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
From February 9th-23rd The Grocery Foundations goal is to reach $850,000 in stores. It’s as simple as saying “Yes!” at the till when you’re shopping at Save-On-Foods. This will ensure you walk out of the store not only knowing your $2 just went to help fill the belly of a school-aged child but you’ll also have a coupon book (while supplies last) to use on your next visit.
Can’t make it to the store or already done your shopping for the month? No problem, donations can be made and tracked online at www.tooniesfortumies.ca
In June 2016, Breakfast Clubs of Canada was operating 300 clubs across the 4 provinces I mentioned earlier, serving 3.7 million students breakfast every year. In Manitoba alone that’s:
- · 40 BCC Clubs
- · 6, 920 daily attendance
- · 1,141,800 Breakfasts Served Per Year
- · 27 clubs still on the waiting list
I know that together as a community, we can make a difference and make sure NO child goes the entire day hungry! To help achieve this goal I’m willing to skip a few of my morning drive-thru coffees to make it happen. Are you?