There’s a reason the term “hangry” exists. That irrational, impatient, impulsive and irritable feeling you get when you’re hungry is no joke, even if it has inspired many an internet meme. Have you ever tried to concentrate on something while your stomach is growling? It’s pretty impossible.
According to statistics compiled by The Breakfast Club of Canada, nearly one million Canadian children are at risk of getting nothing to eat before they arrive at school each morning. In western Canada, over 23,000 children in nearly 300 clubs are enrolled in the Breakfast Club of Canada’s breakfast programs. There are an additional 258 breakfast programs on the waiting list.
Breakfast is the most important and stress-free meal of the day at our house. In fact, getting his own breakfast is the very first “big kid” task that Cub has shown interest in completing. (He is very happy to let me help him with getting dressed and washed, even though he’s capable of doing that himself.) I keep a smaller bottle with just enough milk for his cereal in the fridge, and his cereal is pre-portioned in a plastic container in the pantry. I can hear him rummaging about in the kitchen—getting his bowl, spoon, milk and cereal out and serving himself—while I lounge in bed nursing his sister.
My children have never, and likely will never, wake up to an empty fridge or pantry in the morning. All children deserve to start the day with a nutritious breakfast, and for less than a latte, you can provide that morning meal for a child in your community.
After great success in Ontario, The Grocery Foundation’s Toonies for Tummies fundraiser is expanding this year into western Canadian Save-on-Foods locations to raise funds to benefit the Breakfast Club of Canada in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. Donations made at your local store will stay local, and you can track your area’s donations using the Toonie Tracker.
If you’re in Ontario, you’ll find Toonies for Tummies donation points at over 500 stores, including Metro, Longo’s and Food Basics. If you don’t have a participating store near you, donations can be made online. You can find the list of participating retailers and brands here. Certain retailers are also encouraging contributions by offering sponsor coupons or other incentives when you donate!
I stopped by our local Save-On-Foods for bananas (nature’s pre-wrapped, portable toddler snack) and got to spin the wheel for More Rewards points after making my donation! I was so close to 5000 points … alas, I took home fifty.
As a mother and a former teacher, I know how important a nutritious breakfast is to a child’s personal and academic success. The 2017 Toonies for Tummies campaign and its sponsors are aiming to raise $850,000 in stores and online. The next time you’re at the checkout, remember to make a Toonies for Tummies donation, and add your name to the wall!
Have you donated yet?