Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category
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.