By Sarah Klein
The Manitoba government has committed an additional $200,000 in funding to support healthy foods programs for children in schools across the province.
The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) works with Manitoba schools and community organizations to facilitate nutrition programs for youth.
“Through our investments and the council’s nutrition programs, children and youth are able to go to school ready to learn with a healthy meal to start their day,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson.
“We know that children can’t learn if they are coming to school hungry and making these important investments means more students will have access to healthy food options at their school.”
Bjornson said the new funding brings the total to $976,000 per year for in-school and after-school healthy foods programs for children who need it most.
The council supports more than 200 school and community-based breakfast, snack and lunch programs, serving more than 20,000 children and youth annually.