Breakfast Programs Ensure Kids Are Nourished Everyday
September is about building a solid foundation for success! Let's ensure that every child has the opportunity to start the day right with a healthy meal.
A successful day of learning and growth of a child, begins with a healthy meal. The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting children in school with breakfast, snack, and lunch programs across all regions of the province. This generous and passionate organization serves over 29,000 children and teens yearly with successful results reaching well beyond the schools themselves, but into the communities, and life at home.
"Every kid that walks through the doors of this building, has the opportunity to start the day right." Kevin Clace, Principal, Morris School
Inspired by the core values: Belonging, Acceptance and Generosity, truly unique programs have been created, from breakfast carts to salad bar Tuesday's! Arglye Alternative High School offers their students the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of meal plans and hands on experience in the kitchen, while learning about healthy alternatives. the benefits of these programs reach far beyond the school itself, not only affecting academics, but the community, and life at home.
"What we put into our children's bodies is just as equally important as what we put in their minds." Deb Versus, Program Coordinator, Gillis School
Over the last 18 years, the CNCM has raised over $2 million dollars to support almost 250 school and community based nutrition programs, serving 29,000 children and teens each year. A team of passionate individuals in Health, Education, Social Services, Community Service Agencies, and Business, have come together, not only to create and run these incredible programs, but to raise awareness for the need for Food and Nutrition Policies in schools. It has become a guiding voice behind these policies, and is always looking for new program and partnership opportunities. Consider how you might be able to partner or donate.
Another option is to get in touch with local schools and ask about their "Breakfast Program," you'll be surprised by the number. Ask them what they need and how you can support. Consider doing a food drive, connect businesses/restaurants that can cook food or perhaps volunteer your time in the morning.
It truly takes a village to raise a child.