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Nourishing Potential

We can't expect a child to learn, grow and lead a healthy life if he or she doesn't have access to nutritious food. Eating right is critical to a young person's present well-being and future health. Thousands of Winnipeg kids are thriving thanks to nutrition programs at community organizations.

Kids in a kitchen
Rossbrook House has received Nourishing Potential grants

Nourishing Potential makes grants to local organizations that provide healthy food and hands-on nutrition education to children and youth in Winnipeg.

Your gift to the Nourishing Potential Fund helps ensure kids get fresh fruits and veggies, as well as a generous serving of experience in food preparation, meal planning and budgeting, teamwork and the power of coming together to share a meal.

Gifts Help the Orchard Grow

The Nourishing Potential Fund is like an orchard. As trees are planted it will provide fruit year after year.

Every gift to the Nourishing Potential Fund helps the orchard grow. The goal is to grow the Fund to be a $5 million endowment – this is our orchard that will be here forever.

A fund of this size will generate approximately $250,000 per year for granting – this is our annual harvest. Please help us grow an orchard and nourish a city.

Current fund total: $2,936,885

Total amount granted: $769,143

(As of November 30, 2014)

  • Every apple is symbolic of $10,000 in gifts
  • Every full apple tree = $100,000 in gifts
  • Every full wheelbarrow = $100,000 in grants

Building this fund is a community effort and every gift from our generous donors is appreciated. 

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Impact in our community

With support from Nourishing Potential, these organizations are helping youth access and learn about nutritious food, giving them a head start on a healthy life. Since the 2011, Nourishing Potential has granted more than $750,000.

May 2011 to November 2014

Organization Amount
Agape Table $24,800
Aleph-Bet Child Life Enrichment Program $5,000
Andrews Street Family Centre $17,000
Artbeat Studio $9,096
Assiniboine Children’s Centre $4,479
Aurora Family Therapy Centre $5,012
Boys And Girls Clubs Of Winnipeg $25,340
Bright Future Day Care $12,450
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre/Broadway Community Centre $26,200
Canadian Amateur Boxing Association $2,765
Canadian National Institute for the Blind $2,500
Career Trek $5,730
Carpathia Childrens Centre $2,500
Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation $18,014
City of Winnipeg – Community Programming $22,882
Clinique Youville Clinic $6,661
Community Education Development Association of Winnipeg (CEDA) $13,369
Dawn and Dusk Before and After School Program $5,000
Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association $7,000
Helping Hands Resource Centre for Immigrants $4,000
Heritage Park Children’s Programs $3,500
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) $16,237
Inner City Youth Alive $31,774
Jubilee Mennonite Church $2,310
Ka Ni Kanichihk $17,160
Kidi-Garden Day Nurseries $18,250
Knowles Centre $7,288
Little People’s Place $9,100
Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre $27,742
Macdonald Youth Services $15,000
Manidoo Gi-Miinigonaan/R.B. Russell Infant Centre $15,250
Manitoba School Improvement Program $8,000
Manitoba Theatre for Young People $13,900
Marymound $5,300
Mosaic-Newcomer Family Resources Network $5,300
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad $28,818
Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (NEEDS) $12,000
Nor’West Co-Op Community Health Centre $27,000
North End Women’s Centre $5,630
On The Move $21,077
Osborne House $7,500
Rainbow Resource Centre $10,705
Resource Assistance For Youth $32,496
River Avenue Cooperative Day Nursery $3,000
Robertson Before and After School Program $2,000
Rossbrook House $24,000
Seven Oaks School Division $7,000
Sierra Leone Refugee Resettlement $1,000
Spence Neighbourhood Association $34,100
Stanley Knowles Children’s Centre $12,985
Teen Stop Jeunesse $13,960
The Elwick Village And Resource Centre $6,000
The Fort Whyte Foundation $5,000
The Salvation Army - Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre $3,148
The Seven Oaks School Division $2,900
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra $7,000
University of Winnipeg Foundation $5,500
Villa Rosa $8,000
West Broadway Youth Outreach $16,100
West Central Community Program $6,000
West Central Women’s Resource Centre $16,000
Westgrove Children’s Centre $3,760
Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport And Recreation Association $16,000
Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation $10,000
Y.E.S. Manitoba $1,500
Youth for Christ (Winnipeg) $3,055

Nourishing Potential Grants

Nourishing Potential grants support charitable organizations that provide nutritious food to children and youth attending after-school programs, drop-in centres, community centres and family resource centres.

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Publications & Updates

Nourishing Potential is a collaboration between the Assiniboine Credit Union, City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Wawanesa Insurance, Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and The Winnipeg Foundation, along with donors from all walks of life.

Nourish the potential of Winnipeg kids!

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Support for nutrition programs

Are you a charitable organization providing a food program for our city's youth?

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In our community

Grants are made twice a year helping kids have access and learn about health foods.

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Nourishing Potential Grants

Recipe for Success

In spring 2014, kids in Gr. 4-6 competed in creating the best sandwich recipe.

See who won the
Video Cooking Contest