Vegetable & Fruit Snack Program
This program began in fall of 2008 with 13 rural, northern, and urban schools in Manitoba and continued in 2010 with another 13 programs.
Schools designed and implemented their own unique snack programs that centred on increasing kids’ intake of vegetables and fruits. In 2011 the program
expanded to 43 after school programs, and in 2012, 15 additional sites joined the program.
- full funding for food items
- initial grants for equipment and supplies
- information resources, monthly newsletters, site visits, and other supports
- workshops, program diaries, site visits with the Vegetable & Fruit Project Coordinator
- participatory development of nutrition education resources and program evaluation
- Students who participate in program implementation become more engaged with school life, gaining self-esteem through leadership responsibilities.
- Students eat vegetables and fruits! There is also minimal waste. “Never leftovers, kids want seconds.”
- Snack programs have positive impacts on student behaviour in class. “Teachers feel there is a huge impact on the students — they are more settled, easier to work with, less bouncy.”
- Eating habits change at school and at home: staff notice healthier foods in school lunches brought from home, and kids ask their parents to purchase fruits and vegetables (like sweet potatoes!) they try at school.
As our experience with nutrition programs so often demonstrates, this vegetable and fruit project has resulted in more than just a simple act of students eating healthier food. Students discovered new tastes and preferences, found out that many options exist for them, and were more willing to try new foods. We heard from parents who were amazed that their child who never ate vegetables at home, was eager to try them in a classroom setting. One staff member even observed that some at-risk children had put on much needed weight through the program. In fact, 70% of students in a K – 12 school said that they enjoyed vegetables and fruit that they normally would not eat.
Phase A & B School Sites: 2008-2011
Alonsa School, Berens River School, Bowsman School , Cormorant Lake School , Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School Garden Valley Collegiate, Glenway Colony School, Jameswood Alternative School, Lake St. Martin School , La Verendrye School, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, Oak Lake Community School, Otetiskiwin Kiskinwamahtowekamik, Ralph Brown School , Riverton And District Friendship Centre, Rossburn Collegiate , Scott Bateman Middle School, Sigurbjorg Stefansson Early School , Sioux Valley High School , Victor H.L.Wyatt , Walter Whyte School , Wanipigow School , Waterhen School, Waywayseecappo Community School , Whitemouth School , Windy Bay Colony School
Phase C After-School Sites: Ongoing
Bright Future , Brooklands Daycare, Cecil Rhodes School, Champlain Childcare, Dauphin School Age Day Care Inc., Discovery Children’s Centre, Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre , Gilbert Park Boys and Girls, Glad-West Recreation Commission, Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Centre, Keeping Balance, Lighthouse , Luxton Community Centre, Marigold PReschool Centre inc., Maybrook Childrens Centre , Minegoziibe Anishinabe School , Mulvey School, Munroe ECEC School Age Programs, OK Before and After, Oscar Blackburn School Portage Friendship Centre, PRRA Kids Club, Red Sucker Lake School, Riverside Daycare, Robertson Before & After , Selkirk Friendship Centre After School Club, Spence Neighborhood Association, SPLASH Childcare Inc., Sunny Mountain Day Care Centre, Swan River Youth Drop In Centre , The Pas Family Resource Centre, Wee Care Child Centre Inc.