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 wellbeing and success.

Career Opportunity with CNCM!

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) invites applications for the position of



Reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors, The Executive Director will:

  • Provide leadership and support to facilitate the planning and decision-making of the Board of Directors in pursuit of the organization’s mission and the strategic priorities and goals established by the Board;
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the organization’s finances including budget development, monitoring of financial operations and reporting to the Board and funders as required;
  • Guide and supervise a team of professionals responsible for the provision of support and mentorship to staff and volunteers in funded programs;
  • Implement and maintain effective data collection mechanisms for tracking, evaluating and reporting of program progress;
  • Actively initiate and respond to dialogue which can increase awareness and partnership opportunities with community and corporate stakeholders, for the betterment of the program capacity of the Council:
  • Liaise with and report to all major funding partners in accordance with the terms of established partnership agreements;
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with schools and school boards throughout Manitoba to address nutrition program issues in the school environment;
  • Identify and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding new program funding needs, challenges, opportunities and associated resources;
  • Represent and act as spokesperson with CNCM’s funders, partners, colleagues, community stakeholders and the media.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, the social sciences or a related field OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated success in organizational leadership, team building capacity, project management, financial management and stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience and working knowledge of the not-for-profit sector, including commitment to the issues of food security and social justice.
  • Knowledge of fund raising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with volunteers, staff and community partners and funders
  • Demonstrated computer literacy including word processing, presentation development, database management, financial spreadsheet maintenance and reports development.
  • Valid Manitoba Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

This is a permanent full–time position which requires regular travel throughout the province.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with Manitoba’s nonprofit sector.

Application Details

Application deadline is May 16, 2016. Applications may be submitted to:

Executive Director Search
Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba
191 Provencher Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 0G4

For complete Executive Director job description click here.

2016/2017 Applications

Thank you to all schools that have submitted applications for the 2016/2017 school year*.

Our application deadline has now passed.  

If your school program received funding in the 2015/2016 year, and you intended to apply for the upcoming school year, but missed the application deadline, please contact us at as soon as possible.

*note: returning applicants must submit a 2015/2016 Year End Report with their application.


2015/16 Year End Evaluation Forms

Returning programs must submit with their applications by April 15, 2016.  You can complete and submit online on our website.

If you have any questions please contact us at  

Stone Soup 2016

22458_StoneSoup2016_InstagramPhotoOur 4th annual Stone Soup fundraiser is just around the corner! Join us at the Manitoba Hydro Lobby on Wednesday, March 16th 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, snack and vegetable and fruit programs for children and youth.  These free 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 16, 2016 

11:15a.m. – 1:15p.m.

Manitoba Hydro Lobby (360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg)


How can you donate?

  1. 1. You can donate in advance online. You will receive a printable ticket that you can exchange for soup vouchers at the event.
  2. 2. In person, in advance. We will be at the Manitoba Hydro Lobby on Friday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 15th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Get your soup vouchers early, and avoid the line at the event!
  3. 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:

Twitter @CNCManitoba
Instagram @childnutritionmb
Hashtag #StoneSoup2016

This year’s 12 amazing chefs are from:

Inferno’s Bistro (website)  • Feast Café Bistro (website) • Frenchway Cafe (website) • The Tallest Poppy West (website) • Red River College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program (website)  • Louis Riel Arts & Tech Culinary Arts Program (website)  • Clay Oven (website) • Rudy’s Eat & Drink (website) • Sydney’s at the Forks (website) •  Smith Restaurant (website) • Elements (website) • 529 Wellington (website)

Our incredible Stone Soup 2016 Partners:

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A look back at Stone Soup 2015

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Donations can now be made online through CanadaHelps in advance! With a minimum online donation of $10, one ticket for 3 soup samples will be provided. Exchange ticket for 3 vouchers at registration table. Follow us on facebook and twitter for ongoing updates and menu information!

Welcome 2015/2016 Programs!

Our TEAM is excited to welcome Tammy Robinson as the new Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba Executive Director. Viola Prowse, who has connected with so many of you over the years, has retired from her position as Executive Director. Viola will remain working with Tammy and the rest of the TEAM for most of the 2015-16 school year. Maxine Meadows, RD and Clara Birnie, RD, our program dietitians, will be leading the site visits, workshops and other program supports. For a listing of our Board Members check out our website.

Program Grants & Agreement Letters

Program Grants are mailed in 2 installments, September and February of each year (Dates may vary for programs starting after September, 2015).

Check your agreement letter to find your grant amount. Our grants are made possible by the generous contribution of our partners**. Funding decisions are made based on existing programming in the school, access to food distributors, program characteristics and community resources. Your grant covers a percentage of total program costs and CNCM is happy to be one of the partners supporting your nutrition program.

** Province of Manitoba and Winnipeg Foundation through the Moffat Family Fund.

Donation from Egg Farmers of Manitoba

Egg Coupons were generously donated by the Egg Farmers of Manitoba and have been included in your 2015-16 grant package. Note they will expire December 31st, 2015. If you have any questions please let us know.

Site Visits

Site Visits are a priority for us. We make every effort to visit programs at least once every 2 years. When possible, we enjoy seeing programs in action. We like to spend time getting to know your program as every program is unique. We are excited to now have 2 dietitians on staff to support programs. Be sure to take full advantage of this time to discuss challenges, goals and successes. Plan on setting aside a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour for a site visit. If your program would like to schedule a site visit with our program dietitians for the 2015-16 school year contact us before October 30th, otherwise we will email you to schedule a visit.


Fact Sheets and Best Practices

Check out our new and improved Fact Sheets and Best Practices webpage. We are creating a complete series of fact sheets intended to help you follow MB’s School Nutrition Guidelines and best practices for nutrition programs. Feel free to email us to tell us what you think!

Looking to the Future – CNCM Strategic Planning Session

The Child Nutrition Council is looking forward to the next five years!  In September the Council and Board members gathered for a strategic planning session where they revisited the history of CNCM, and focused on shaping the future of service and support to schools.


Reminders & Events

November 12 – 14:
Changing the Menu National School Food Conference in Montreal
November 15:
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant application deadline
November 27:
Workshop (in partnership with Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools & IERHA) – Beausejour, MB
January 15: 
Interim report DUE
Registration now open:
Nuton’s Food Explorers, a free hands on field trip for grade 4 classes.


Welcome to Spring!

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During the past few months we’ve been developing a collection of  new resources based on best practices for nutrition programs. We’ve also been developing vegetable and fruit-focused projects, and working with the Coalition for Healthy School Food on a national school food program. Read on to learn more:

Our New Stuff

Best practices provide examples that every program should be working towards or working to maintain at all times. Take a look at our Fact Sheets and Best Practices page to see the (still expanding!) collection and download any resources that will be of help to you. Note that our collection of best practices fact sheets is organized into areas of Nutrition, Safety, Management, Education, Inclusion and Sustainability.

Vegetable and Fruit Projects

We invite you to spend a moment today learning about the many Vegetable and Fruit Projects that we are working on. These projects currently include offering a Vegetable and Fruit snack option to all schools applying for funding and co-coordinating a Bulk Produce Program in Winnipeg.

We also want to mark the end of our multi-year Vegetable and Fruit Snack program with a fond farewell. All of the lessons learned during the program have been integrated into our current programming and we look forward to continuing our work in the field of produce.

Coalition for Healthy School Food

The Coalition for Healthy School Food, made up of more than twenty organizations across Canada, is working towards federal investment in a Universal Healthy School Food Program to ensure all students can eat healthy food at school everyday. As a member of the coalition, the Child Nutrition Council is spreading the word. See for yourself!



Stone Soup 2015 a Success!


During this year’s Stone Soup we were able to meet our fundraising goal, raising nearly $30,000. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our volunteers, supporters and the hundreds of Winnipeggers who came down to MB Hydro Place to make a donation and try some great soups.

A big congratulations is also owed to our two Silver Ladle soup award winners:Colourful Soup

  • Fern Kirouac, chef at Inferno’s Bistro, winner of the People’s Choice Silver Ladle for his delightful Chicken Ragu with Cashew Kale Chips.
  • Jess Young, chef at Buffalo Stone Café, winner of the Judges’ Choice Silver Ladle for her satisfying Solyanka Hearty with Smoked Meat.

If you missed Stone Soup this year, take a look at some fun event coverage including entries from CBC, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Free Press, and GlobalNews. Some of our own photos, provided by Julie Fulsher photography, are included below. Take a look and enjoy!

Finally, THANK YOU to our incredible list of restaurants and chefs, sponsors and partners:

This year’s 12 amazing chefs were from:

The Tallest Poppy West (website) • Deseo Bistro & Enoteca (website) • Frenchway Cafe (website) • Elements and Diversity Catering (website) • Inferno’s Bistro (website)  • Stella’s Cafe (website) • Sydney’s at the Forks (website) • Red River College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program (website)  • Rudy’s Eat & Drink (website) • 295 York (website) • Buffalo Stone Cafe (website) • R.B. Russell Vocational School Culinary Arts Program (website)

 Our incredible Stone Soup 2015 Partners:

McKim select     6625_BIZ_LOGO_CMYK_U  Hydro     CBC Radio One

Our wonderful Stone Soup 2015 Funders:

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Special thanks to:


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Our Stone Soup Celebrity Judges! From Left to Right: Yosuke Mino, Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Al Simmons, Entertainer; Tom Chan, Educator. Winner of Judges’ Choice was Jess Young/Buffalo Stone.

Our chefs and guest judges just before kick-off.

Our chefs and guest judges just before kick-off. Let the competition begin!

Student-chefs from R.B. Russell Vocational High School.

Student-chefs from R.B. Russell Vocational High School getting their North African Spice soup ready for lunch.


Help Nourish Young Minds at Stone Soup

Soup noodleDid you know that when you make a donation to the Child Nutrition Council between Feb 11th and March 11th, you also get to enjoy soups made by some of Winnipeg’s most interesting and talented chefs? It’s true, and we’re inviting everyone!

Donations of $20 or more are eligible for three stone soup tasting tickets, bread, fruit and a copy of our Stone Soup cookbook featuring recipes from chefs and nutrition programs. Donations of $10 or more are eligible for three stone soup tasting tickets, bread and fruit. All donations of $10 or more are tax deductible. It’s an amazing meal, it’s meaningful and it’s easy. Let’s get together to celebrate and support Manitoba’s children and youth.

Wednesday March 11, 2015 

11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.

Manitoba Hydro Lobby (360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg)

Donations can be made at the door or online through CanadaHelps in advance (We love advance donations!). Please bring your receipt from advance donations with you to the door at Stone Soup. Follow us on facebook and twitter for ongoing updates and menu information! Take a look here for photos and info from Stone Soup 2014.

Kids in School!“Our breakfast program is a place for community within our school as adults and students of all ages eat and visit together – it is an environment where we nurture our students and create traditions.” Ashern Central School

This year’s 12 amazing chefs are from:

The Tallest Poppy West (website) • Deseo Bistro & Enoteca (website) • Frenchway Cafe (website) • Elements and Diversity Catering (website) • Inferno’s Bistro (website)  • Stella’s Cafe (website) • Sydney’s at the Forks (website) • Red River College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program (website)  • Rudy’s Eat & Drink (website) • 295 York (website) • Buffalo Stone Cafe (website) • R.B. Russell Vocational School Culinary Arts Program (website)

 Our incredible Stone Soup 2015 Partners:

McKim select     6625_BIZ_LOGO_CMYK_U  Hydro     CBC Radio One

Our wonderful Stone Soup 2015 Funders:

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Special thanks to:


Information for Media: Stone Soup 2015 news release Feb.25


December in Manitoba

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We are so thankful for the incredible work that our community and school nutrition programs have done this year, nourishing over 20,000 children and youth. During the month of December, we wish everyone a season of joy and giving, rest and rejuvenation.

Before you go, take a look through our gift ideas, updates and festive snack ideas below.

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Give the gift of nourishment: Donate to the Child Nutrition Council

  • Our yearly giving campaign has begun! Give a gift this winter that nourishes bodies and minds across Manitoba. Make a donation to theCouncil’s Stone Soup fund in honour of a friend, family member or co-worker. Donations are tax deductible and your friend can attend Stone Soup!

December update for programs:

  • If you are a nutrition program coordinator, don’t forget that Interim Reports are due on January 15th, 2015. The form is available on our website.

Using spices to make everyday snacks and meals festive:

  • A sprinkle of cinnamon is a perfect on apples, pears, bananas and yogurt.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger to any healthy muffin recipe.
  • Super Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bites:  Cut pumpkin (peeled) or sweet potatoes into cubes. Put into baking dish and drizzle with a small amount of oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add a spoon of water for extra moisture. Cover with foil and bake at 400F for 35-45 minutes (or until soft). Serve hot or cool, alone or with milk, yogurt, almonds, oatmeal or granola!
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Introducing Our New TEAM!

Have you ever felt like you could use some extra support for your nutrition program? Help planning a menu? An answer to a question about funding or food safety? If you have, you’ll love our new cram Nutrition Team.  Members of the cram Nutrition Team will be visiting programs, planning workshops, developing resources, answering questions, gathering ideas and keeping everyone up to date on the latest news and events.  Meet the team!

  • Maxine Meadows, Registered Dietitian
  • Clara Birnie, Registered Dietitian
  • Viola Prowse, Child Nutrition Council Executive Director

School Visits and Program Highlights


The cram Nutrition Team hit the road this October and visited 15 programs in the Parkland and Westman areas of Manitoba (in 4 days!). The trip was an opportunity to meet school nutrition champions and learn from different programs how they use resources creatively, provide nutritious foods and offer rich learning experiences. The Team also had the chance to provide support and assistance to programs facing challenges, big or small! Check out some of the trip highlights:

MacGregor, Manitoba


At MacGregor Elementary School, a student in grade 5 goes to each class to tally up how many breakfasts he will need to deliver.  Teachers prepare the breakfasts which are then delivered on a personalized cart (with flames decorating it).  Students enjoy their breakfasts during class.

Roblin, Manitoba


At Goose Lake High School the breakfast program is operated with the help of students who do the planning, shopping, preparation and clean up. While we were visiting, breakfast consisted of veggies and dip; orange slices, pears, and grapes; muffins and Wow butter; and an assortment of cereal with milk. Students were comfortable coming and going, sharing food and socializing. Leftovers from breakfast were put out later in the day for a snack.

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

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La Verendrye School has a great snack program that is prepared and delivered to all 350 students in the school with help from Home Ec & Life Skills students. Students demonstrated their skill for teamwork as they toasted whole wheat bread, spread Wow butter, and delivered snacks to all classrooms. What a wonderful visit!

Reminders and Updates

NOV 26: 
Annual General Meeting, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, 5:00p.m.
DEC 15: 
Reports due for Veg & Fruit Programs
Interim Reports due
MARCH 11: 
Stone Soup Fundraiser, MB Hydro Lobby, 11:30-1:30p.m.