Council Resources and New Programs!

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Welcome everyone to the New Year! As part of our New Year celebrations, we want to recognize and provide support to our new programs, as well as remind those of you who are “old hands” of some of our old (and new) resources.

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Follow us For Ongoing Ideas:

We’ve figured out Facebook and have been working hard to keep you updated. Follow us for local nutrition and food news, simple recipes that will work for a school setting, and resources related to our monthly newsletter theme. Facebook is also where we talk about our local fruit or vegetable of the month and circulate notices.

Make Use of Our Website: www.childnutritioncouncil.com

Be sure to take a look through our new and improved website for reporting forms, helpful hints, downloads, and inspiring stories. Some website highlights include:

  • Our video (made with the help of several programs) showcasing the inspiring work that is done in our communities. Use it to help with your fundraising and awareness efforts!
  • Applications and Reports: Visit this page to download reporting forms and keep track of upcoming deadlines such as Mid-term reports for 2013-2014 (due on January 15th). After that, Year-End Reports for 2013-2014 and Applications for 2014-2015 are due April 15th – that’s just 4 months away. If you need assistance with these forms, please contact us.
  • Guides and Handbooks: Here you’ll find food safety information, archived newsletters, Canada’s Food Guide, the Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook, and more.
  • Our cram and vegetable fruit program newsletters: We circulate these newsletters online, and archive them on our Guides and Handbooks page.
  • Altfoodlinks: Are you interested in local sustainable food options, but not sure where to look for them? We’ve made Altfoodlinks to help you find local sustainable food sources for your program, as wellas information about local food industries.

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Get in Touch:

Talk with us by email or telephone. We love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, answer questions, and share ideas.

We also make an effort to visit programs throughout the year, just so we can see the excellent work you are doing. We’ll take pictures and notes, and spend time thinking about how to address your program needs. Another network you have access to is the School Nutrition Support Team. Call 1-888-547-0535 anytime you are looking for nutrition resources or tools, or visit Healthy Food in Schools.

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See What Other Programs Are Doing:

Take a look at our feature program each month! This month we’re focusing on one of our new funding recipients. You can also reach out to other programs in your community directly – perhaps you can share your shopping responsibilities, use the same suppliers and get bulk discounts, pool volunteer time, or trade recipe ideas.

“The majority of our volunteers are retired seniors who offer a supportive, intergenerational environment for our students” (Radisson School)

“Students assist in the biweekly shopping for food supplies as well as the grade 6 foods class takes on the responsibilities of making lunches ahead of time for the lunch program” (Edmund Partridge School)