A great big “thank you” to all who supported the 12th annual feed tomorrow week (put the green box with feed tomorrow here) – we couldn’t do it without you.

With the support of a declaration from Toronto City Council and hundreds of volunteers, including students, politicians, donors and public figures, the week of events was a resounding success as we united communities across Toronto in a common cause: to raise awareness about child hunger right here in our city, raise money for the urgent needs of our students and to help build a better tomorrow for Toronto's vulnerable children.

Here’s a recap of this year’s events:

Dinner for 2 = Breakfast for 100

The week kicked off with the Dinner for 2 = Breakfast for 100 fundraiser. Certificates for gourmet dinners for two at Buca, Café Belong, Lee and other great Toronto restaurants were sold on-line. The generous contributions from donors meant that for every dinner for two sold, 100 children were nourished. This really is community in action and we thank all those Chefs and local business owners who so generously supported the cause.

ACE Bakery Student Snack Down

ACE Bakery delivered 6-foot baguettes to all 18 beyond 3:30 after-school program sites where students went to work with bakery staff preparing amazing sandwiches. As you can see from the photograph below, the creations were pretty special. Although it seemed a shame to mess with the final products, hunger eventually took over and the giant snacks were enjoyed by all! This is the fourth year that ACE Bakery staff gave generously of their time and effort to support us and every year we are astounded by their commitment to the students at beyond 3:30. Thank you ACE Bakery staff – you rock!

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VIP Nutrition Program Bus Tour

VIPs, passionate about food and child nutrition, traveled “student style” on a bona fide school bus, to Rose Avenue JPS and Brock PS to see Student Nutrition Programs in action. At Rose Avenue JPS the children’s smiles lit-up the room as they enjoyed their breakfast and chatted with the VIPs.

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A special treat was the attendance of the Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. The Minister not only highlighted the importance of Student Nutrition Programs, but also spoke about his continued commitment to support Ontario’s children.

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The visit ended with a $550,000 cheque presentation to the TFSS from Breakfast Club of Canada. Breakfast Club of Canada works tirelessly to nourish children right across Canada and here in Toronto we are extremely grateful for their generous support.

The second stop on the tour was a visit to Brock Public School’s nutrition program as well as their Rooftop Garden, a hands-on ecological learning environment that not only enables students to see how food is grown but allows them to participate in the process. As you can see from the photograph, the sun shone on our endeavour!

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The last stop was the St. Lawrence Market where we were treated to some wonderful food, generously provided by the St. Lawrence Market Merchants. A great end to a great day!

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TTC Take-Over

Facts about student hunger echoed through subway stations, during Thursday’s rush hours, as enthusiastic secondary school student volunteers collected funds for Student Nutrition Programs.

“Kids need it!”, “I was a recipient … it was great, so I am giving back”, and “Too many hungry students, what you are doing is great”, were just a few of the comments made by commuters.

This was a wonderful opportunity for students to raise money to help nourish others, while raising awareness about child hunger in Toronto – truly, students helping students!

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Wrap Up with Rice Competition

Three teams of beyond 3:30 after-school program students who made it through to the final stage, wrapped up feed tomorrow week by competing in a USA Rice sponsored culinary challenge at President’s Choice Cooking School located at the Loblaws® store at Maple Leaf Gardens*. This gave these Junior Chefs the opportunity to compete in a cooking competition and be judged by a panel of esteemed chefs and foodies. Food was tasted, questions were asked and D A Morrison Middle School was named the winner. Each of the three teams won nutrition funds for their after-school programs.

Having fed thousands and thousands of children over the years, Breakfast for Learning rounded out the morning by presenting to TFSS a cheque for over $450,000 in support of Student Nutrition Programs. We thank Breakfast for Learning for their generous support of our children.

Photo of cheque presentation.

Photo of Chefs (Long and Swolfs) with students, etc.

Once again we thank all our donors, supporters and volunteers for making feed tomorrow week a great success. We simply couldn’t do it without you.