Program Supports

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba works to support nutrition programs across Manitoba in a variety of ways, including workshops, newsletters, new resources, and site visits.

Registered Dietitians are always part of this team, and help schools offer healthy options to their students.

Learning Opportunities

Workshops & Webinars

The Council provides training for nutrition program coordinators to help them become familiar with guiding practices for managing nutrition programs. The training sessions focus on:

  • nutrition education;
  • helpful resources to support all aspects of organizing and running a program;
  • networking and sharing stories and ideas with other coordinators.

If you have a workshop or webinar session suggestion, be sure to connect with us!

Wednesday April 14th 1-2PM Click here to register. 

Lunch is on the menu – Get a first look at new resources that are all about lunch. These resources will have ideas for serving lunch whether you need quick, low prep ideas, hot lunch ideas, bagged lunch ideas, or you are looking for things to keep on hand for students who have forgotten lunches. We will also hear from program coordinators who will discuss their meal programs.

Wednesday April 21st 1-2PM Click here to register. 

Menu planning for school meal and snack programs – Join Registered Dietitians Maxine Meadows and Nita Sharda as they discuss some of the most commonly asked menu questions and tips for building positive eating environments. We hope you’ll leave this webinar feeling inspired and equipped to nurture a positive food environment at your school.

Wednesday April 28th 1-2PM Click here to register. 

Sharing resources and tools to build a nourishing school environment -Stay in the loop! There are many community-based organizations who have food and nutrition resources that are available to schools that you may have missed or forgotten about. Join us for a review of these resources and to hear from some guest speakers to learn more about their programs.

School Nutrition Webinars

Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools offers great learning opportunities to help to expand your knowledge on school nutrition and provides useful tips you can use in your school. The recordings for the webinars are now available.

Diving Deeper Into Canada’s NEW Food Guide
Presenter: Ceone Hamilton, RD
Recording available here

Save Money While Providing Healthy and Tasty Menus: Tips for Limited Budgets
Presenter: Valerie Broeska, RD
Recording available here

Supporting Nutrition and Health – How educators can help!
Presenter: Sarah Cahill, RD Nutrition Educator – Nüton
Recording available here

Building Healthy School Nutrition Environments
Presenter: Megan Bale-Nick, RD, MPH (c) – Manitoba Healthy Food in Schools
Recording available here

Indigenous Food and Culture in the School Environment
Presenter: Tressa Beaulieu, RD
Recording available here

Communication

Newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter help to keep everyone connected so we can network and share ideas between programs. Be sure to follow us!

Receipt Reviews

Registered dietitians review grocery receipts that schools submit. This gives us an idea of what types of breakfast, snack or lunch items are purchased for nutrition programs. This helps us learn what types of food students are able to access. Our dietitians provide feedback and have discussions with program staff and volunteers to see how we can better provide support. The receipts also help us learn new ideas to share with other schools who may have challenges purchasing nutritious food.

Site Visits

Visiting school nutrition programs is a highlight for our program team dietitians. It gives them the opportunity to better understand how all the different programs run throughout the province, and allows for program coordinators and school principals to ask questions and share stories of all the great work that they do.

Volunteers

Parents, community members, school staff, and students are important to nutrition programs as volunteers. You can download our PDF fact sheets on the following topics:

If you are interested in volunteering to support a program check out our Volunteer Opportunity page for more information.