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.

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.

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:

McKim select     6625_BIZ_LOGO_CMYK_U  Hydro     CBC Radio One

A look back at Stone Soup 2015

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Save the date!

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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.