Nutrition & food security in Manitoba

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Provincial Initiatives and Activities

NUTRITION & FOOD SECURITY IN

MANITOBA

PROVINCIAL CONTEXT

Efforts to ensure food security and improve access to healthy nutritious food occurs at all levels of government, across provincial departments, communities, local organizations, and food producers

Many initiatives highlighted in this presentations involve partnerships and collaboration within and outside of government

Food is a common bond…

A SIMPLE FOOD

CHOICE

PARADIGM

Personal

Food

Choice

What is

ACCEPTABLE

[socio-cultural]

&

AFFORDABLE

[economic]

What is

AVAILABLE

[Market

Non-market]

HEALTHY LIVING, YOUTH AND SENIORS

School Nutrition Policy

All public schools must have a written nutrition policy

The policy requirement is legislated in the Public School Act along with trans-fat legislation.

HLYS provides Guidelines for Foods Served in Schools, and a variety of support materials.

A collaborative School Nutrition Support Team (SNST) has been created to provide practical assistance to schools.

Healthy Schools

Funding to SDs and RHAs; Mini Campaigns

School Nourishment Programs

Funding is provided to the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, a communitybased non-profit to help support school nourishment programs (breakfast and snack) and a school fruit and vegetable snack pilot program.

Farm-2-school Healthy Choices Fundraiser pilot program

{with MAFRI, MAHE and Peak of the Market]

HEALTHY LIVING, YOUTH AND SENIORS

Community Food Security

Funding is provided to Food Matters Manitoba, a community non-profit that support for collaborative efforts to help strengthen food security of individuals and communities.

Pre-school Nutrition

Scan of programs and policies in child care centres across Canada

Conducted consultation with a selected child care personnel in Manitoba

Proposal for supporting nutrition in child care settings is under consideration.

Eat Smart Meet Smart

Workplace healthy eating resource and policy

Infant nutrition

Infant feeding resources on breastfeeding, use of formula, and solid foods

Baby-Friendly Initiative

NEW

Sodium reduction

Childhood Obesity Prevention – Achieving Healthy Weights

HEALTHY CHILD MANITOBA

Manitoba Prenatal Benefit

A monthly cheque during pregnancy is available to incomeeligible women to help with eating well

Healthy Baby Community Support Programs

Community programs offer social support and informal learning opportunities to encourage early, regular prenatal care and promote healthy infant development. These programs:

Encourage affordable healthy eating through cooking and nutrition activities

Build women's confidence and awareness of health and parenting choices, and foster awareness of babies' nurturing needs

MANITOBA HEALTH & RHAS

Baby Friendly Initiative

Promotion of breastfeeding as cultural norm

Clinical and community dietetic service delivery

Dial-a-Dietitian

Telephone access to nutrition information and advice

Based in Misericordia

EDUCATION

Curriculum

Nutrition and healthy eating are integrated throughout the K-12 curriculum

Early Childhood Development Initiative

Healthy eating is part of early childhood literacy programming such as: Alphabet Soup, Family Literacy Olympics, and Wiggle,

Giggle and Munch funded in some school divisions that specifically focuses on physical activity and nutrition.

(Note: these initiatives are not specifically targeted to poverty reduction or food accessibility)

NEIGHBOURHOODS ALIVE!

Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc. – Spence Greenhouse Project Phase 2 2010

North End Community Renewal Corporation – North End Food Security 2010

West Broadway Development Corporation – Good Food Club: Growing for Change 2010

Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation – Community Gardens Project 2009

West Broadway Development Corporation – Soup Bee Pilot 2009

Food Matters Manitoba – Good Food Box 2010

West Broadway Development Corporation – Greening the Way Phase 2 2009

Farmers’ Market Association of Manitoba – The Waterfront Farmers Market 2009

FAMILY SERVICES AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Employment and Income Assistance

Additional resources are available to assist participants with the cost of nutritional supplements and therapeutic diets

Participants residing in northern or remote regions receive additional funds through the

Northern Allowance

to assist with the higher cost of food in those regions

The

Northern Energy Cost Benefit

of transporting goods is intended to supplement the

Northern Allowance

to assist with the increased cost

Eligible EIA participants may receive subsidized meals from organizations/agencies such as Meals on Wheels and the

Manitoba Housing Congregate Meal Program.

Disability Programs

Family Support Services (Children’s Special Services) provides financial support for the purchase of food supplements if a child has a specific diet resulting from his or her disability

Manitoba Child Benefit (MCB)

A monthly benefit intended to assist low income families with the cost of raising children

Manitoba Child Care Program

Regulations require that Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is followed when providing meals and snacks in full time child care centres

Menus must be prepared in advance and posted for the information of parents and guardians

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL INITIATIVES

Promoting eat local

The Local Produce Guide is a resource that helps people access fresh local produce, including highlighting farmers markets, U- pick vegetable and fruit and access to local crops. MAFRI also supports development and upgrading of farmers markets.

Buy Manitoba Program, part of a five-year program to develop a branding and public-awareness campaign that will help consumers identify and buy locally. Locally produced foods are a fresh choice for our consumers and buying locally supports Manitoba producers and processors.

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL INITIATIVES

Northern Growing Opportunities (GO) Centre

Officially opened May 2009 to help people have more access to agriculture-related information, education programs and agribusiness specialists..

Northern Agriculture Program

Encourages the expansion of agriculture production and to increase the availability of locally produced healthy foods in northern Manitoba

Leverages funding for innovative projects that provide practical support and solutions to expanding agriculture and food production to increase availability and reduce the cost of fresh, healthy foods for northern residents

Funding is open to northern residents, agriculture producers, partnerships, co-operatives, corporations and band councils

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND RURAL INITIATIVES

Food Development Centre (FDC)

A Special Operating Agency of the Province of Manitoba. It is mandated to assist the agri-food industry in the development and commercialization of conventional and healthy foods.

Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MAHRN)

Promotes and builds Manitoba’s unique cluster for the research, development, and commercialization of agricultural products of health.

Canadian Climate Advantage Diet (CCAD)

A project exploring the agronomic, policy and health care advantages that support the development of a

'Canadian' diet focused on unique Canadian foods that would provide easier access to local products and whose health attributes have been assessed and supported by sound science. The goal is to encourage local agricultural production and processing of key crops including oilseeds (canola, flax), cereals, pulses and indigenous berries and other healthy crops (buckwheat, hemp).

Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel

A collaborative project between MAFRI and the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba that will run from 2010- 2013. It is a provincially representative longitudinal panel of food consumers to track attitudes and perceptions towards food, diet and health. It is anticipated that this study will continue beyond

2013.

Ensuring the food supply is safe:

Manitoba’s Food Safety Act provides a legal framework for overseeing the production and processing of food in Manitoba and for improving the protection of food from farm to table.

Under this act, Manitoba would not only ensure that any food safety issues at any point in the food system are addressed but would deal with significant disruptions in Manitoba's food supply caused by major emergencies such as a pandemic.

Amendments have been made to The Department of

Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Act to allow the minister to obtain information necessary to plan for possible disruptions in the food supply.

ABORIGINAL AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS

Northern Healthy Foods Initiative

Objectives are to support and promote gardening, greenhouses, community food programs and food business development; help northern Manitobans make healthier food choices and make these foods more available; stimulate economic development that improves the northern food system; and demonstrate new approaches to improving food accessibility in the

Northern Healthy Food Initiative activities include:

Chronic disease prevention education

Traditional fishing, hunting and gathering encouraging the local economy of harvesters and self-sufficiency

Food preservation

Helping families rediscover healthy local food sources

Educational workshops and conferences (Northern Harvest Forum, Veggie Adventures

Curriculum Workshop, Root Camp, Growing Local Conferences…)

Educational DVDs on gardening and traditional gathering and preserving (Vitality

Gardening series, “…And This is My Garden”, Mother Nature’s Pantry – Food From the

Forest)

ABORIGINAL AND NORTHERN AFFAIRS

Northern Healthy Foods Initiative activities include:

Gardening, cold frame and greenhouses operations

Provision of gardening needs from seeds to tillers

Gardening technical advise

Revolving Loan Freezer Purchase Program

Composting

Soil blending

Garden tool lending program

Small livestock production

School nourishment programs

Curriculum implementation to engage youth

Youth and family resource centre programming

COMMUNITY

PROGRAMS

Gardens, buying clubs, good food boxes, cooking classes etc etc

ACCESS TO FOOD

Northern Healthy Foods

FPT Obesity Task Force

FOOD AVAILABILITY

Agriculture policy

Farmers Markets

CHARITY

Food Banks

Soup Kitchens

BENEFITS

Northern Allowance

Northern energy benefit

Pre-natal benefits

Child Benefit

SUFFICIENT

HEALTHY FOOD ON

FAMILY TABLE

INCOME SPARING

Housing support

Child Care

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Neighbourhoods Alive!

Food Matters Manitoba

Winnipeg Foundation

INCOME

Minimum Wage

Job Creation

PROGRAM

School nourishment

Healthy Baby

Community School Partnership

Veggie Fundraiser

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