Vegetable & Fruit Snack Program

This program began in Manitoba, in the fall of 2008 with 13 rural, northern, and urban schools. Since then, we have worked with a growing number of schools, community places, and licensed childcare facilities to increase vegetable and fruit intake for children and youth. The Vegetable and Fruit Snack program is made possible through funding from the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada

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Take a look at our Vegetable and Fruit Program Leaflet for a colourful blast of information and ideas.

Program Features

  • 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 Program Coordinator
  • participatory development of nutrition education resources and program evaluation

Program Impact

  • Students receive a powerful message about the importance of healthy eating. In particular, the significance of increased vegetable and fruit consumption is emphasized through curriculum, activities, and practice.
  • Each site discovers their own way to deliver the program, creating diverse involvement opportunities for teachers, education assistants, students, parents and  community volunteers.
  • In addition to increased vegetable and fruit intake, Vegetable and Fruit programs have positive impacts on student behaviour and other indicators, such as attendance and social interaction.

As our experience with nutrition programs so often demonstrates, this vegetable and fruit program has resulted in more than just a simple act of students eating healthier food. Students discover new tastes and preferences, find out that many options exist for them, and are more willing to try new foods.

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.