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.

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

A New School Year!

CNCM Welcomes our New Executive Director

The Council is pleased to announce the recent hiring of our new Executive Director, Melanie Ferris. Melanie comes to us from her previous position with the Kidney Foundation – Manitoba Branch, where she coordinated the Drop The Pop Challenge for Manitoba schools, rural screening clinics for kidney health, as well as duties related to communications and marketing.

Melanie brings to the Council her 15 years of experience working in the areas of Aboriginal health, childhood obesity, diabetes, community development, communications and food security.

gardening; produce; Melanie Ferris

Melanie Ferris is an avid gardener during Manitoba’s growing season.

We are most fortunate to have the wisdom and guidance of Viola Prowse, our retiring Executive Director, to guide Melanie through the early stages of this transition. This opportunity has been afforded us through the kind support of The Winnipeg Foundation in the form of their Mentorship Grant for Non-Profit organizations.

Please join us in welcoming Melanie to lead our engaging group of Council family and friends!

Welcome 2016/2017 CNCM Programs

Our TEAM is excited to work with all of the 2016/2017 school programs. Click here to read our September newsletter. Our next newsletter will be posted in March, 2017.

Save The Date for our Fall Workshop in Winnipeg

When: Friday, November 25, 2016
Agenda and online registration coming soon!


Thank you to all the 2015-2016 CNCM Nutrition Programs!

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer! We look forward to working with programs in the upcoming school year!

Here is a look back on a few of the program visits from the past year

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.