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S.T.A.R. Info and Testimonials

S.T.A.R. is brand new training and peer to peer mentoring program designed specifically for managers/site-level supervisors. S.T.A.R. stands for Strategies, Training, Action Plans, and Resources. It is designed to help managers develop goals and best practices to improve program administration and operations through unique training, technical assistance, and professional development over 12 months. ICN hosted 60 child nutrition professionals [...]

ICN Graduate Student Receives National Award

Oxford, Miss. – Congratulations to ICN graduate assistant, Prabhdeep Sandha, for receiving the Mead Johnson Nutrition/Research DPG Award at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2018 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Washington, DC in October.  Prabhdeep is a second year, Ph.D. student in the University of Mississippi, School of Applied Sciences, Nutrition and Hospitality Department seeking her [...]

ICN Conducts the 2018 National Advisory Council Members

ICN's Executive Director, Dr. Aleshia Hall-Campbell, hosted 32 National Advisory Council members, USDA Headquarters staff, and ex-officio members to the Institute for the 2018 meeting held November 14-15.  The members were welcomed to campus by the University of Mississippi Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research and Sponsored Programs, Melissa Hodge-Penn, followed by recognition of new and retiring members. Discussions and [...]

Applied Research Division News

ICN’s Applied Research Division (ARD) conducts research and develops resources to assist child nutrition professionals in the successful operation of their programs.Current ARD Research Projects: Environmental Scan of Student Engagement Practices in Support of Child Nutrition Programs The results of this project will be used to identify best practice strategies for successfully engaging students in school meals. Exploratory Investigation [...]

Announcing the School Nutrition Culinary Institute

In response to a growing demand for culinary trainings and resources in school nutrition programs, ICN and USDA have collaborated on the the School Nutrition Culinary Institute (SNCI) initiative.  The SNCI aims to develop and disseminate culinary trainings and resources to support SN directors, managers/supervisors, cooks, and chefs to enhance their job-based knowledge and skill set. Introducing Patrick Garmong [...]

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USDA Proclaims National WIC Breastfeeding Week and Launches New Campaign

Release #: 0150.18Contact: FNS Communications (703) 305-2281Date: 08/01/2018WASHINGTON, August 1, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as National WIC Breastfeeding Week. Each year, National WIC Breastfeeding Week is held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August to promote and support breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for a baby’s first year [...]

USDA Statement on SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

In response to the recent news about access to farmers markets for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps offers the following statement: "The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) was recently informed by a major provider of mobile EBT technology for farmers markets and farm stands that it will discontinue this [...]

USDA Corrects Error Reporting Issues; Releases FY 2017 SNAP Payment Error Rates

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 – For the first time in three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released new data on improper payments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This data reflects an improved reporting process that will better enable USDA and its state partners to make informed, data-driven decisions to improve program integrity. The national [...]

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