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New Website!

ICN has a NEW website!  Same address, new look. In June 2018, ICN launched a new website to provide easier access to child nutrition resources and information. The new site has a clean design for improved functionality and to enhance the user viewing experience on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. The improved landing page provides quick access to topic [...]

Education and Training Division News

The Institute of Child Nutrition provides face-to-face group training at NO CHARGE on a variety of child nutrition management topics that are aligned with USDA’s Professional Standards.  Categories include:  ∙ Food Safety ∙ Program Management ∙ Culinary Skills ∙ Nutrition Education ∙ Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). As of July 31, 2018, the ICN Training Team has scheduled [...]

Applied Research Division News

Essential Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for SN Success The Essential KPIs for School Nutrition Success resource focuses on the most critical aspects of the school nutrition program performance.  It provides a straight-forward, easy-to-use reference for identifying and applying these aspects to achieve success.  The key performance indicators allow the users to set standards of expectation, identify problem areas, and [...]

Information Services Division News

ICN’s eLearning Portal has 51 courses available in School Nutrition, CACFP, Food Safety, and General Topics.  Four new courses are coming soon! Unsure how to get started?  Visit ICN’s How-to page and find answers.   FAQ’s and How-To’s You asked, we delivered! The following updates have been made to all of our online courses: Users can click through courses at [...]

Administrative Division News

ICN is looking for You! Every day the Institute strives to achieve its vision to be the leader in providing education, research, and resources to promote excellence in federally funded child nutrition programs. One way ICN fulfills its mission and vision is to partner with experts in the field of child nutrition to deliver training and develop new resources. If [...]

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. In the first quarter, ARD staff provided learning sessions, webinars, and presentations for several events. 1. Dr. Keith Rushing presented a learning session: Essential Key Performance Indicators for School Nutrition Success at TASBO’s 2018 Annual Conference, Wednesday, February [...]

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USDA Expands Focus on Program Integrity Across All Nutrition Programs

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2018 – As part of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s strategic goal of ensuring that our programs are delivered efficiently, effectively and with integrity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an enhanced focus on program integrity today, that will include renewed attention on transparency, payment accuracy, fraud and waste prevention, and improved [...]

USDA Announces More Local Control for School Meal Operations

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky today announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Child Nutrition Hiring Flexibility [...]

USDA Seeks Ideas to Help SNAP Participants Become Independent

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it is looking for innovative ideas to promote work and self-sufficiency among able-bodied adults participating in the department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The public is invited to provide input through a notice in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted on the web through the [...]

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