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Hamilton, ON: Hugh Drummond of Drummond Farms has donated 1600 lbs of apples to the Good Shepherd Venture Centre in support of their response to COVD-19 and storing another 6400 lbs of Great Big Crunch apples to be picked up at a later date when the Venture centre has space.  After the Great Big Crunch, a student nutrition and food literacy initiative hosted by Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative had to be cancelled in light of school closures, the Waterdown-based apple farmer decided to help get nutritious foods into the local community. 

Tastebuds’ annual Great Big Crunch, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, 2020, is a special day of food education where students are given the opportunity to take a synchronized crunch into an apple while learning about healthy snacking and local food. Crunchers assemble together and after a countdown, everyone bites into their apple simultaneously, making a great big “crunch!”. The event draws attention to the 130 student nutrition programs in 109 locations across Hamilton that serve over 25,000 students every school day.  

The Waterdown based apple farmer had planned on donating the apples to nutrition programs participating in the Great Big Crunch. As the COVID-19 crisis led to the closure of schools and the cancellation of the Great Big Crunch, the apples have since been redirected to the Good Shepherd Venture Centre to support their initiatives to address community needs during this time. Drummond Farms has been a long-time supporter of Tastebuds and the owner, Hugh, enjoys attending schools during the Great Big Crunch to educate students about apples and local food.  

Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative is a partnership of community agencies and community members that supports and facilitates local student nutrition programs for children and youth in Hamilton. For more information please contact Program Supervisor, Patti McNaney at pmcnaney@sprc.hamilton.on.ca 

Toonies for Tummies 2020

The Grocery Foundation’s Toonies for Tummies Campaign is in full swing!

One toonie is all it takes to fill a tummie. All funds raised during the campaign go towards supporting student nutrition programs in the same community they were given! Check out our post below to see what stores in your area are participating and their campaign dates!

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St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary runs a wonderful student nutrition program 5 days a week with the support of the funds from Toonies for Tummies.

Check out this video that the student put together showcasing their student nutrition program and why it is such an important part of their school.

Harlem Globetrotter visits Hamilton school to talk student nutrition

Harlem Globetrotter, Buckets Blakes, will be joining FirstOntario’s cheque presentation of $250,000 for regional student nutrition programs on April 11. Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative will be co-hosting the event at St. Joseph’s Elementary School and will also be a recipient of the new funding.

Anthony _Buckets_ Blakes poseThe Harlem Globetrotters are making their way to the FirstOntario Centre on April 15, in advance of their 90th Anniversary World Tour stop. FirstOntario Credit Union will bring Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes to visit St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Blakes will be speaking with the students about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 In addition to the cash contribution, student nutrition programs also receive volunteers through FirstOntario’s Blue Wave employee volunteer team who work across several regions to deliver healthy breakfast and snacks ensuring students get a nutritious meal to fuel a day of learning.

Over the past two years, FirstOntario’s investment of $500,000 to the Student Nutrition Program has helped support over 78,000 students by providing access to healthy food and snacks. That number will continue to grow with the mo

st recent donation of $250,000 for a combination of $750,000 in total.

FirstOntario at St. Joe's

Blakes will also be stopping by FirstOntario’s Centre on Barton branch in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. on April 11 to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters at FirstOntario Centre start at $20 and are now available at www.CoreEntertainment.ca, the Dan Lawrie Box Office at FirstOntario Centre, or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.CoreEntertainment.ca.During the Globetrotter tour, the team will visit over 400 schools and community centres to talk to youth about education and physical fitness.

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Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch!

On March 10, Hamilton schools participated in an exciting, city-wide event called the Great Big Crunch. It was a special day of good food education, including a massive, synchronized bite into a crunchy apple to celebrate local food and healthy eating!

This year, Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch had 17,394 crunches across the city!

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St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School crunched together in the gymnasium. Check out all 550 staff and students holding their apples here.

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650 staff and students at Templemead Elementary School crunched all over the school!

 Canadian Martyrs

At Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, 200 students bit into juicy crunchy apples throughout their day!

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At Bennetto 550 students crunched down together!

 Sir Wilfrid

At Sir Wilfrid Laurier School 500 students crunched together in their apple orchard! 

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The grade 12 students made the crunch happen for 725 students at Nora Frances Henderson Secondary! And student Colin’s masterpiece commemorated the day for the school – check out his craftsmanship!


200 students at Strathcona crunched apples for the Great Big Crunch – and one lost a tooth in the process! Tooth fairy, get ready!

 Whether Hamilton programs or schools participated in a day’s worth of activities or just one BIG CRUNCH, we hope your students got excited about local food and healthy eating! 

Calling all Hamilton teachers! Food literacy resources, workshops and trips available through Tastebuds

Join us for a teacher training workshop to learn more about Tastebuds Edible Education Guide and a workshop about integrating food literacy topics into your classroom teaching. At both workshops you’ll be provided with curriculum links, resources, and places to go for more information.  Click here for more information about Tastebuds’ Edible Education Guide!

The first 10 qualifying teachers to register to each event will receive a Classroom bursary!

 School Garden Workshop + Edible Education Info Session
With Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

 Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nicholas Mancini Centre
44 Hunt Street, Hamilton

Free refreshments provided

Register online at:


Teach Nutrition Workshop + Edible Education Info Session
with Public Health Services and  a Registered Dietitian from TeachNutrition.org

Get your FREE Primary or Junior curriculum kit!

Wednesday, April  8, 2015
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Nicholas Mancini Centre
44 Hunt Street, Hamilton

Free refreshments provided

Register online at: