The most recent Manitoba School Nutrition Survey Report (2009), which included 686 publicly funded schools and just over 180,000 students, identified 48% of schools to have breakfast programs, 30% snack and 14% lunch programs. 50% of the schools had milk programs and 30% of the schools operate more than one program. Since 2006, the number of breakfast programs increased by 25% and snack programs also increased slightly. Many administrators, teachers, parents and community members are working hard to ensure that children and youth get off to a good start every day and for the long term.
These school and community-based programs are very engaged with local community partners including agencies, service clubs, churches and businesses – that provide both volunteer time and financial support. Local efforts are supported on a broader level with funding from the Provincial government, Community Foundations and from other organizations focused on child nutrition, which together provide substantial support to the programs.
Provincial, Federal and research funding through the University of Manitoba has provided opportunities for implementing and evaluating a pilot study in offering vegetables and fruit to children and youth in schools and after school programs as well as a study of school nourishment programs and alternative food systems.