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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.


Let’s Get Farm Fresh This Summer!

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The sun is shining and the veggies are growing!  It’s farmers’ market season! What better way to get your hands on fresh local produce than to hit up your local farmers’ market. A great way to get kids interacting with farmers and learning about where their food came from.

Manitoba has plenty of farmers’ markets to choose from. The Farmers’ Market Association of Manitoba Co-op website is a great place to look for farmers’ markets near you!  We have highlighted a few for you to check out below:

Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Manitoba’s largest farmers market, with over 100 vendors attending each Saturday, and approximately 35 vendors on Wednesdays. Everything sold at this market is made right here in Manitoba!

Where: 3514 Pembina Hwy., St. Norbert
When: Saturdays, 8am – 3pm  and Wednesdays, 11am – 4pm, June through October

Gas Station Arts Centre Village Market

Where: 445 River Ave, Winnipeg
When: Thursdays, 4pm – 8pm, June  – September (labor day weekend)

Main Street Farmers’ Market

Where: 865 Main Street (Neechi Commons Parking Lot), Winnipeg

When: Fridays, 12pm – 5pm, July to mid-September

Morden Farmers’ Market

Where: Corner of Stephen Street & 8th Street, Morden

When: Thursdays, 4pm – 6pm, June to October

Community Supported Agriculture

Have you ever wished that you could have fresh, local farm veggies delivered to you every week without having to do all the farm work?  Well, you can with Community Supported Agriculture!

Community Supported Agriculture – or CSA farms bring together farmers and people into a direct and mutually beneficial relationship. You pay the farmers a fee before the start of the growing season, and in return you receive a share of the farm’s bounty – a weekly box of produce delivered either to your door, or to a drop off location. For more information about CSA farms in Manitoba, and how you can get in on some delicious local veggies check out Manitoba CSA Farms website.


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 (July) we are happy to present to you Strawberries!

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

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Manitoba Government Announces New Funding for Child Nutrition Council

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The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is thrilled by yesterday’s announcement.  At a press conference hosted by Dalhousie School and involving Minister Kerri Irvin Ross, Minister Sharon Blady and Minister James Allum,  Minister James Allum made the announcement of additional funding for nutrition programs and highlighted the strong partnership with the Child Nutrition Council.

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Minister Kerri Irvin Ross, Minister Sharon Blady, Minister James Allum and Child Nutrition Council members pose with students and staff from Dalhousie school.

“This new funding will ensure they can continue to provide this important service,” Minister James Allum said in a statement. “Nutritious food helps to feed the mind and body, and by working together we can ensure it remains accessible in schools around the province.”

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Viola Prowse, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, stands with Minister Sharon Blady and Minister James Allum.

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is dedicated to helping school children learn, grow, and succeed. We are thankful that with this funding we can continue to support current breakfast, snack and lunch programs as well as provide support to high-need nutrition programs, and support the development of new programs.

Acknowledging like-minded organizations across Canada

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We hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather!  We thought we would take the opportunity to acknowledge some of the other organizations across Canada that work to address issues in child hunger and nutrition.  Working towards creating healthier schools and healthier children is always easier when we feel the support and encouragement from like-minded organizations. Please take some time to get to know some of these great organizations.

Nourish Nova Scotia

Nourish Nova Scotia was established in 2012. They are a registered charity that supports the health, education and well being of children and youth throughout Nova Scotia.

The supports they provide include:

  • Financial support-sustaining grants
  • Program support and resources
  • Facilitation of sharing and networking among people and programs to build capacity
  • Nutrition expertise-the Nourish Nova Scotia Board of Directors has five nutritionists and one home economist with vast experience in community based nutrition programming – from grass-roots to policy.

Check out their video below:

Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH)

REACH serves as an umbrella association for a wide range of healthy food programs. Their programs are delivered through over 150 organizations and schools to ensure that all people in the community have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food.

Here are some of their programs:

Good Food Box
Produce that sells for a not-for-profit price, often saving customers as much as 1/3 to 1/2 of their usual produce bill!

Convenience Meals
Home-style dishes delivered right to the customer’s door.

Family Baskets
For $30, 50 lbs of food can be delivered or picked up, and the cost is taken directly off the social assistance cheque.

Mobile Stores
Mobile grocery stores featuring produce and other basic food staples.

Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition Programs provide funding and support to Regina schools, day cares, agencies and community groups, with over 8 million nutritious meals and snacks served to thousands of Regina children since 1990.

Food Education
REACH offers a variety of education programs focused on cooking healthy and affordable recipes, geared for a variety of age groups.

Kids Eat Smart Foundation

Established in 1992, Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is a registered charity that supports education, health, and well being of school children throughout the province through support of Kids Eat Smart Clubs – nutrition programs run by volunteers at schools and community centers.

The goal is to provide children with the nutrition they need to learn, to grow, and to be their best.

Kids Eat Smart Foundation supports include:

  • Financial support
  • Program support
  • Volunteer support and other supports to programs. 

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington – Food and Friends

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington support snack, breakfast and lunch programs that (in the 2012/13 year) provided meals to more than 14,815 school-aged children. They have an average of 324 students and 415 adult volunteers help to deliver the snacks, breakfasts and lunches.

Check out their video below:


Vegetable of The Month

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We love fruits and vegetables so much that we’ve decided to put one of them in the spotlight each month on Facebook, in our newsletters, and here on our website. As the year progresses, we will also be putting much of the information we share into a new, simple, downloadable resource that you can use to help increase the variety of fruits and vegetables in your programs.

This month (May) we are happy to present to you Bell Peppers !

  • Follow us on Facebook for fun updates all month.



Headline News! First Year of Manitoba Salad Bar A Success

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Have you ever heard about salad bars in schools? Well we have! In fact, since 2003 we have been keeping track of salad bar programs in Ontario and BC that connect schools with farmers to provide kids with a lunch brimming with fruits and vegetables.  In 2012, we were finally able to be a part of a salad bar project right here in Manitoba, and today we are pleased to welcome you to the salad bar at Gillis School.

Run by “canteen lady” Deb Versluis, the Gillis salad bar grew out of a desire to give kids the best foods available. Every Tuesday at lunch, about 35 students from Kindergarten to grade 8 line up to get their plates, and are able to make their own salads from a choice of 14 different fresh ingredient options. In addition to being healthy, the ingredients are prepared from scratch by Deb, and many are locally and organically grown.

So what does Deb think of the program so far?

“I like the creativity of it, I like thinking of new things to put out for the kids, and I love it when they tell me that they’ve enjoyed something or different things that they like to see. The kids are rather excited and are loving being able to choose their own foods at the salad bar. And it’s doable with not very much money, it’s doable with not very much time, and not very many supplies if you start with great ingredients and you prepare simple things, you know?”

Here are some more particulars about the program:

  • From shopping to clean up, the program requires about 6-7 hours per week for one person.
  • At least 2 lettuces, 2 grains, 2 fruits, 4 vegetables, and 1-2 proteins make up the 14 salad bar options.
  • Costs can be kept down by shopping for sales, buying in bulk from farmers and retailers, preparing foods from scratch instead of buying them pre-prepared, and creatively using every part of a food item to reduce waste.
  • Biggest challenge? Grocery shopping in a rural area for local, alternative, and affordable foods
  • Most enjoyable challenge? Planning items for salad bar, and even coming up with interesting themes like Mediterranean, Asian, and Mexican!
  • Biggest surprise? How willing students are to try new things like kale, barley, beets, zuchinni, whole oats, lentils, and spaghetti squash.
  • Distinguished nominee for Food Matters Manitoba’s 2013 Golden Carrot awards!

Some great information resources that helped get this project started are:

The Public Health Association of BC’s A Fresh Crunch in School Lunch: The BC Farm To School Guide – 2nd Edition

Foodshare Toronto’s Salad Bars in Schools: A Fresh Approach to Lunch (2005)

Food Matters Manitoba (for ideas on where and how to find local Manitoba foods)

We look forward to seeing what other farm to school salad bar projects spring up in Manitoba, and welcome any inquiries about setting up or becoming involved in a project in your community.