We know how important having a healthy breakfast is for our overall well-being. I am glad that the Ontario based not-for-profit organization Grocery Foundation Voucher program, Toonies for Tummies gives every Canadian a chance to fundraise towards providing nutritious breakfasts and snacks for school-aged students across Ontario and Western Canada.
The Grocery Foundation raise funds on behalf of food, beverage and consumer goods manufacturers, distributors and retailers to support school nutrition programs administered by registered charities. To date, The Grocery Foundation has raised in excess of $85 million, which has gone towards health and wellness programs that provide nutritious breakfasts and snacks for school-aged students through agencies such as Ontario Student Program, Breakfast Club of Canada, Breakfast for Learning, and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Morning fasting is known to have negative effects on cognitive performances even among healthy and well-nourished children. Under-nutrition can have lasting effects and it can compromise cognitive development and school performance. Since 2000, Toonies for Tummies has raised nearly $15,000,000 to help in this cause. In addition The Grocery Foundation makes capital and one-time donations to these programs.
The City of Toronto recently revealed that their budgets for student nutrition programs in the GTA is $2.2 million short. Nearly 500 stores will be collecting donations until February 23rd, where we can do our part to help end child hunger. A Toonie is all it takes to feed a tummy.
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