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Join us!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

December in Manitoba

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Christmas 2014 CNCM_2Happy holidays everyone!

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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Let’s Bring Salad Bars to Schools in Manitoba!

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While we still have a few more weeks of summer, here at the Child Nutrition Council we’re already thinking about back-to-school. Particularly, we’ve been thinking of how to get salad bars back into schools.

According to the 2009 Youth Health Survey Report, only four percent of Manitoba students in grades 9-12 consumed seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and 59 percent consumed less than two servings per day.

Providing salad bars as part of a school’s lunch program is a great way to provide kids with food from all four food groups, while encouraging them to make healthy choices and to learn about their food.  The salad bar cart itself is set up so that kids can serve themselves, rather than being served by an adult. Students assemble their own salads from the salad bar, which includes fruit and vegetable options, along with a carbohydrate and protein option. Kids learn about healthy choices and portion sizes in an accessible, hands on.


Through the implementation of a salad bar, school children and youth will have increased exposure to and will gain increased knowledge about a greater variety of foods, especially vegetables.  Through the ability to make choices in their selections from the salad bar, they will develop positive attitudes to trying new vegetables and then desiring them over lower nutritionally dense foods.

In the US, there are a number of organizations, like Salad Bars to Schools, that are working to fight obesity in schools by implementing fresh salad bars with great success. According to Salad Bars to Schools,

Supporting Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. When offered healthy food choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Through these early, positive experiences, students are better prepared for a lifetime of healthy eating.

For schools that already have a garden on site as part of their food initiatives, adding a salad bar is a great way to not only encourage kids to make healthy choices, but to teach them about the full cycle of food. From seed to salad to compost back into the soil, the whole cycle is available to them before their eyes.


While it may take some work to get salad bars into school across Manitoba, Gillis School is a fine example of a school salad bar that has been very successful to date. We’d certainly like to see more of them!

When its time to head back to school next month, talk to your school administration about implementing a salad bar.

Check out this fun video about salad bars from The Lunch Box.

Fruit or Vegetable of the Month!

We love fruits and vegetables so much that we’ve decided to put one of them in the spotlight each month. Join us in celebrating our Fruit or Vegetable of the Month by trying new recipes, and sharing fun facts!

This month (August) we are happy to present to you Cucumber!

Follow us on facebook and twitter for fun cucumber updates all month.