North Hastings food program partners with MNO

North Hastings Food Program Partners With MNO
North Hastings Food for You program participants
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The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has become a partner in the North Hastings Food for You: Food for Two program. On May 4, 2017, the program was offered for the first time at the MNO office at 91 Chemaushgon Road in Bancroft.

Food for You: Food for Two is the local name for the broader Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), a community-based program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and delivered through Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH). The program was designed to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and infants who may require additional support. A comprehensive bundle of services was available to program participants including; nutrition education and supplementation, supports for healthy infant/parent attachment, child development and positive parenting education and breastfeeding support.

“We are excited about our new partnership with the MNO, through which we will continue to offer the same great support services available through Food for You: Food for Two,” says Jackie Whittingham, Program Manager, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. “Relocating the program [to the MNO office] will ensure the program is accessible to all current and future families, including those of Indigenous descent and those living in rural areas.”

At the weekly drop-in program, families are provided a healthy snack, receive free items such as groceries, milk and prenatal vitamins and have the opportunity to consult with Public Health Nurses and Dietitians with questions and concerns about infant feeding. “Our program promotes positive maternal mental health as well as provides opportunities for social support,” says Nancy Quinton, Public Health Dietitian. “Participants learn about healthy eating for mom and baby, maintaining a healthy pregnancy and how to care for their newborn.”

The MNO is thrilled about this new partnership and is excited to welcome Food for You: Food for Two participants and share Métis culture with them.

Posted: June 22, 2017

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