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Cram | Comments Off on Welcome 2015/2016 Programs! | Oct 22, 2015
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 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
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant application deadline
Workshop (in partnership with Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools & IERHA) – Beausejour, MB
Interim report DUE
Registration now open:
Nuton’s Food Explorers, a free hands on field trip for grade 4 classes.
During the past few months we’ve been developing a collection of new resources based on best practices for nutrition programs. We’ve also been developing vegetable and fruit-focused projects, and working with the Coalition for Healthy School Food on a national school food program. Read on to learn more:
Our New Stuff
Best practices provide examples that every program should be working towards or working to maintain at all times. Take a look at our Fact Sheets and Best Practices page to see the (still expanding!) collection and download any resources that will be of help to you. Note that our collection of best practices fact sheets is organized into areas of Nutrition, Safety, Management, Education, Inclusion and Sustainability.
Vegetable and Fruit Projects
We invite you to spend a moment today learning about the many Vegetable and Fruit Projects that we are working on. These projects currently include offering a Vegetable and Fruit snack option to all schools applying for funding and co-coordinating a Bulk Produce Program in Winnipeg.
We also want to mark the end of our multi-year Vegetable and Fruit Snack program with a fond farewell. All of the lessons learned during the program have been integrated into our current programming and we look forward to continuing our work in the field of produce.
Coalition for Healthy School Food
The Coalition for Healthy School Food, made up of more than twenty organizations across Canada, is working towards federal investment in a Universal Healthy School Food Program to ensure all students can eat healthy food at school everyday. As a member of the coalition, the Child Nutrition Council is spreading the word. See for yourself!
Have you ever felt like you could use some extra support for your nutrition program? Help planning a menu? An answer to a question about funding or food safety? If you have, you’ll love our new cram Nutrition Team. Members of the cram Nutrition Team will be visiting programs, planning workshops, developing resources, answering questions, gathering ideas and keeping everyone up to date on the latest news and events. Meet the team!
- Maxine Meadows, Registered Dietitian
- Clara Birnie, Registered Dietitian
- Viola Prowse, Child Nutrition Council Executive Director
School Visits and Program Highlights
The cram Nutrition Team hit the road this October and visited 15 programs in the Parkland and Westman areas of Manitoba (in 4 days!). The trip was an opportunity to meet school nutrition champions and learn from different programs how they use resources creatively, provide nutritious foods and offer rich learning experiences. The Team also had the chance to provide support and assistance to programs facing challenges, big or small! Check out some of the trip highlights:
At MacGregor Elementary School, a student in grade 5 goes to each class to tally up how many breakfasts he will need to deliver. Teachers prepare the breakfasts which are then delivered on a personalized cart (with flames decorating it). Students enjoy their breakfasts during class.
At Goose Lake High School the breakfast program is operated with the help of students who do the planning, shopping, preparation and clean up. While we were visiting, breakfast consisted of veggies and dip; orange slices, pears, and grapes; muffins and Wow butter; and an assortment of cereal with milk. Students were comfortable coming and going, sharing food and socializing. Leftovers from breakfast were put out later in the day for a snack.
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
La Verendrye School has a great snack program that is prepared and delivered to all 350 students in the school with help from Home Ec & Life Skills students. Students demonstrated their skill for teamwork as they toasted whole wheat bread, spread Wow butter, and delivered snacks to all classrooms. What a wonderful visit!
Reminders and Updates
Annual General Meeting, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, 5:00p.m.
Reports due for Veg & Fruit Programs
Interim Reports due
Stone Soup Fundraiser, MB Hydro Lobby, 11:30-1:30p.m.
Now in its 2nd year, our Stone Soup fundraiser brings 11 of Winnipeg’s best chefs together to showcase their soup-making skills in support of child nutrition. Help us make sure every child is nourished every day – join us for lunch!
March 12, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Manitoba Hydro Lobby
360 Portage Ave, Winnipeg
Lunch includes samples of three soups + bannock + fruit
$10 minimum donation
Who’s cooking this year?
Terrace in the Park
Stella’s Cafe and Bakery
Rudy’s Eat and Drink
Chocolatier Constance Popp
Red River College School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts
Our Stone Soup partners:
Our Sponsors are:
Manitoba Association of Optometrists, Master Roofing, Teecka’s Aboriginal Boutique, Cambrian Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, Dominion Accounting and Tax Services, Vita Health, Canadian Healthcare Products
Our Supporters are:
Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Quest Musique, Neechi Commons (bakery), Baraka Bakery, Dunn Rite Food Products, Crescent Multifoods, Artists for Learning
Cram | Comments Off on Announcing a New Look For Our Nutrition Programs | Sep 24, 2012
Nutrition programs receiving funding through the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba will now be part of the Cram network, so get ready for a new look! When you see our big orange toast in your school or community organization, you’ll know that the nutrition program there is Manitoba grown, Manitoba focused, and Manitoba funded.
More importantly, a cram program provides support to children in Manitoba during their developing years by providing breakfasts, snacks, lunches and after-school meals, and also by helping to establish important, healthy eating habits early in life.
The word ‘cram’ isn’t an acronym, its a statement that reminds us of the possibilities within our own communities, the bursting energy of children, and the amount of creativity, resourcefulness and energy that nutrition program staff and volunteers bring to the programs. Staff and volunteers provide such an incredible service, filling our children’s tummies with good food preparing them for good learning days at school, giving them that “first bite of success”.