The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is making a big push to create a universal meal program for schools throughout the province.

Chairperson Wendy Bloomfield says they are in talks with the provincial government, and she is hopeful an announcement can soon be made.

She says there was an increasing need for meal programs prior to the recent increases in inflation.

Statistics Canada reports the annual rate of inflation rose 6.7 percent in March.

mething at 6:30 in the morning, by the time they to get to school, they're hungry already.”

ked to her colleagues. Nobody really had any concrete ideas, or they did, but they tried all kinds of things. And finally, she said she was feeling like she wanted to actually give up teaching. And she sat the little boy down one day. I think it was grade 3. When she said, ‘you know. I don't know about you, but this isn't working for me. Is there something I can do to help you?’ And you know what he said to her? He said, ‘well, you could feed me.’”

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