On Tuesday morning, 07 May 2024, we welcomed Tyler Arsenault as our Guest Speaker. Tyler is co-chair of Student Nutrition Ontario, a network of 14 lead agencies across the province, including Haldimand-Norfolk REACH (sponsor agency of the Child Nutrition Network (CNN)).  
Tyler provided background on the CNN.  In Norfolk, 25 schools are part of the program, with a total of 32 food programs.  In 2023-24 almost 580,000 meals were served in Norfolk at a cost of $0.90 to $2.50 per meal.  Several of our RCNS members are volunteers for CNN, helping with food distribution.  They are always looking for more volunteers, so let CNN know if you're interested in helping out.
More information about the Child Nutrition Network may be found by clicking Read More.

From the H-N REACH website:

The Child Nutrition Network of Haldimand & Norfolk (CNN) was established in January 1998. The partners that make up the network include Haldimand-Norfolk R.E.A.C.H. (sponsor agency), the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit and community members. The Child Nutrition Network acts in an advisory capacity to build and sustain local student nutrition programs and school initiatives through leadership, awareness, education, skill development, supportive environments, and policies.

CNN supports forty-nine breakfast, morning meal, lunch and snack programs, and provides nourishment to over 9300 participating Haldimand and Norfolk children and youth 2 to 5 days per week during the school year.

Our Farm to School Program has been running for over 14 years and programs are able to access economical, local, farm-fresh produce from a growing number of Haldimand and Norfolk farms at two centralized hubs. CNN is proud of the various partnerships established with both regional and local stakeholders who are invested in the health and well-being of our student population through their generous contributions.