The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is a recognized voice for issues regarding nutrition programs for school-age children in Manitoba. School nutrition programs make a big difference in student well-being and success.

Call for Board Members

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is looking for volunteer Board members to join our Board of Directors. The Council meets eight to ten times per year between September and June, usually for two-hour sessions. The Board provides governance, strategic direction and fundraising for this registered charity which oversees funding allocation and resourcing to school breakfast, snack and lunch programs throughout Manitoba. Some experience on a Board of Directors for a non-profit organization is beneficial but not necessary. Individuals who have skills in marketing, communications, accounting or fundraising are encouraged to apply. In addition to attendance at scheduled meetings, as ambassadors for the organization, Board members are expected to be available for assisting with sub-committee work and special events to increase community awareness and support of the Council. Submit your letter of interest with a resumé to the Board Chair at by Friday, May 18, 2018. We thank you for your interest.

Thanks for another wonderful Stone Soup!

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to Stone Soup 2018, and to all those who otherwise supported our annual fundraiser through donations and word-of-mouth support! We had a great time, and over $20,000 was raised for our breakfast, snack and lunch programs in Manitoba schools – wow! You can read all about it here.

We’ll see you next year!

Stone Soup 2018

Our 6th annual Stone Soup fundraiser is just around the corner! Join us at the Manitoba Hydro Lobby on Wednesday, March 14th to enjoy soups prepared by some of Winnipeg’s most interesting and talented chefs.


Donations of $10 or more are eligible for three Stone Soup tasting tickets, bread and fruit. All donations of $20 or more are tax deductible. Donations are distributed as grants to schools and community organizations around Manitoba that provide breakfast, lunch and snack programs for children and youth.  These nutrition programs are an important tool for improving learning outcomes, ensuring equal opportunities, building positive relationships and creating safe spaces. Let’s get together to celebrate and support Manitoba’s children and youth.

Wednesday March 14, 2018 

11:15a.m. – 1:15p.m.

Manitoba Hydro Lobby (360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg)

How can you donate?

  1. You can donate in advance online. You will receive a printable ticket that you can exchange for soup vouchers at the event.
  2. In person, in advance. We will be at the Manitoba Hydro Lobby on Tuesday, March 13th from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Get your soup vouchers early, and avoid the line at the event!
  3. In person at the event. We will have donation tables set up at each end of the Manitoba Hydro lobby and will be accepting donations by cash, credit card, or debit.

Stay in the loop about Stone Soup this year by following our social media channels:

Facebook (RSVP to Stone Soup here)
Twitter @CNCManitoba
Instagram @childnutritionmb
Hashtag #StoneSoup2018

This year’s 12 amazing chefs are from:

17 Wing • Brazen HallCarne Italian ChophouseClay Oven • The Frenchway Cafe • Inferno’s BistroMaples Met School • Red River College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts ProgramRoyal Winnipeg Ballet Catering • Rudy’s Eat & DrinkSmith Restaurant • The Tallest Poppy

Our incredible Stone Soup 2018 Partners:

6625_BIZ_LOGO_CMYK_U  Hydro     CBC Radio One

A look back at Stone Soup 2017

Chefs and their helpers at Stone Soup 2017


2016-17 Annual Report

Please click below to view our annual report for the 2016-2017 school year.


Join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting

RSVP here!


Welcome 2017-18 Programs

Our TEAM is excited to welcome Ash Alberg as the new administrative coordinator for the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. Our program dietitians, Maxine Meadows and Clara Birnie, are leading the site visits, workshops, and providing other program support. For a list of our Board Members, click here.

Workshop November 24

Registration is now open for our Fall Workshop in Winnipeg! Connect, share, and learn by attending our workshop scheduled for November 24th, at the North Centennial Recreation Facility in Winnipeg. We have a full day of programming for you, including sessions about working with dietary restrictions and allergies, hands-on cooking classes, and even a grocery store tour! You can find the full agenda here.

We invite all current CNCM supported programs to attend, with a maximum of 2 participants per program. Space is limited, so be sure to register early! Please click here to register and choose your sessions. For those of you who are traveling from out of town, we have travel grants available. Please read the eligibility guidelines before applying here.

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for November 21st. We hope you can join us! More details available soon.

Our next intake of applications will be April 15, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.

Year End report: Due July 15th

Funded schools: Save your receipts

Thank you to all of the schools that completed their applications for funding by the deadline. You will notice that the deadline for year-end reports has moved to July 15, 2017, this year. You can access the Year-End Report here.

Have you followed us on Instagram, Twitter, and “liked” us on Facebook? Stay up-to-date with our news and events by joining us on social media. Please send us photos or school food ideas to share with others through our social media accounts: We love hearing from you!

Please be sure to save all of your receipts for your nutrition program purchases. We’ll ask you for them when you submit your year-end report.

Stone Soup 2017 was a big success

Chef Clint Riguidel (left) and chef Wayne Aastrom (right)

Chef Clint Riguidel (left) and chef Wayne Aastrom (right) tied for the “Judges’ Choice” soup ladle. Chef Wayne Aastrom won the 2017 “People’s Choice” soup ladle. Photo by Julie Fulsher.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, chefs, celebrity judges, sponsors, and especially the patrons for attending our annual fundraiser to support child nutrition programs in Manitoba. Congratulations to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s chef Wayne Aastrom for winning the “People’s Choice” soup ladle!

This year we had some excitement as the judges had a tie and chose the following TWO chefs to receive the “Judge’s Choice” soup ladle:

Frenchway Cafe’s chef Clint Riguidel for his soup: Thai coconut curry w/ maple leaf crostini & optional shrimp

Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s chef Wayne Aastrom for his soup: Old cheddar and potato chowder with candied bacon

Do you want to see our official event photos from the talented Julie Fulsher? Please visit our Facebook page to see the photos.

Manitoba schools: Apply for funding

Applications for funding for the 2017-2018 school year are due on April 15, 2017. The application is now available on our website here.

Schools that are currently receiving funding for the 2016-2017 school year need to complete their year-end reports by July 15, 2017. We will let you know when the year-end report is available. Please keep your receipts from your purchases so we can review them. Photocopies are acceptable.


Want to know more about the impact we had across the Province of Manitoba during the 2015-2016 school year? Our 2015-2016 annual report is available now. You can click here for a PDF copy.


Stone Soup 2017 was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our fifth annual Stone Soup event, held on March 22, 2017, in Winnipeg. We’d like to give a special thanks to all of the volunteers and chefs who made the event such a tasty success. We’ll provide a full update and photos from the event in the near future. For now, you can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to view photos and stories from the event.

Join us!

Fifth annual Stone Soup fundraiser

It’s only a day away! Stone Soup is our biggest and most exciting fundraiser each year. This year it is happening on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Manitoba Hydro Place in downtown Winnipeg. Did you know that CBC Radio Noon will be broadcasting live from our event from 12noon to 1pm? Please join us for a delicious lunch in support of school food programs in Manitoba.

Share your Stone Soup photos on social media along with the hashtag #StoneSoup2017.

Do you want to sponsor our Stone Soup event? Check out our Stone Soup page for an information package.

Update for schools

Applications for funding for the 2017-2018 school year are due on April 15, 2017. The application is now available on our website here.


Want to know more about the impact we had across the Province of Manitoba during the 2015-2016 school year? Our 2015-2016 annual report is available now. You can click here for a PDF copy.


Save the date: Brandon workshop

We are planning a workshop in Brandon on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 1pm to 4pm. This workshop is free for school staff who support our funded nutrition programs. We will post more information as it becomes available.


Check out some of the pictures from our November 2016 workshop:

We loved all the great ways our program coordinators came up with to serve yogurt parfaits, like mixing plain and flavoured yogurt to keep the sugar down, making a topper with seeds, oats and wow butter as a binder, and adding a variety of frozen, canned, and fresh fruit!

We loved all the great ways our program coordinators came up with to serve yogurt parfaits, like mixing plain and flavoured yogurt to keep the sugar down, making a topper with seeds, oats and Wow Butter as a binder, and adding a variety of frozen, canned, and fresh fruit!


Program coordinators challenging themselves to try new ingredients to boost the nutrition in everyday breakfast foods, like smoothies.


Pancakes can be a breakfast program favorite. Here the program coordinators were challenged to find a delicious way to boost the nutrition! They added pumpkin to their whole wheat batter, and served with fruit and yogurt! All participants agreed that they were delicious!


Mini egg muffins are quick and easy to make, and you can add lots of veggies to them!

Getty Stewart ( talked about food storage and best before dates with School nutrition prgm coordinators. She showed us how to properly store herbs and how to regrow green onions!!


Orange zest! A great way to add flavour to a yogurt parfait!


Participants got to sample each others creations. Everyone was very impressed with the smoothie that had black beans and spinach in it!

Upcoming events in November

Our annual general meeting happens on Monday, November 21st in Winnipeg from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Please email us to reserve your spot if you plan to attend.

We are also offering a free workshop for staff and volunteers from our school nutrition programs on November 25th in Winnipeg. Click here for more information on the Share and Build Workshop and to access our online registration form. You need to register by November 10, 2016, to secure your spot! Hurry—space is limited!

Share and build workshop happens November 25th

Register by November 10th for our workshop