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School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Webinar Series

This series will feature school districts that have implemented creative strategies and best practices for common school nutrition topics as well as allied organizations who develop and offer free resources to support school nutrition programs.
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About The ICN

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989.

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What people are saying about the ICN

I anticipated or assumed by the title that this was a subject I knew.  However, it was the opposite.  I received valuable information.  The speaker was able to articulate and have materials presented in an excellent manner.

Introduction to Happy Mealtimes, Boston, MA

Trainer was very engaging – she kept the group interested.  She is the best trainer/ presenter I have experienced in a very long time.  This course was good and I really liked the instructor.

Nutrition 101, Sherwood, OR

The Basic Culinary Math helped me with my problems at Math.  I understand better now and hopefully, I can use it in the kitchen. Trainer was knowledgeable, She had good communication skills. She was able to simplify information for slower learners. She engaged the participants and allowed them to participate throughout the session.

Basic Culinary Math, St. Thomas, VI

Our Managers enjoyed their training and gleamed valuable information that they can take back to the schools. ICN staff is always very helpful and organized. The presenters were excellent. Thank you.

Multiple Sessions - Managing Personalities and Conflict, Food Safety in Schools and Forecasting the Procurement of Foods, Memphis, TN

Both trainers were outstanding. Extremely professional yet down to earth and the entire audience felt comfortable in participating and asking questions.”

Healthy Cuisine for Kids, Casper, WY
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Upcoming Training

Mon 17

Orientation to School Nutrition Management

June 17 - June 21
Dawsonville GA
Mon 24

Orientation to School Nutrition Management

June 24 - June 28
Dawsonville GA
Jul 23


Face to Face Trainings in 2018 as of October 31.
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ICN News

  • Food Buying Guide Calculator

Now Available! FBG Calculator: A New Feature of the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-Based Tool

January 2nd, 2019|

On December 20th, FNS released the FBG Calculator as a new feature included with the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-Based Tool. The FBG Calculator was first created and hosted by the Institute of Child Nutrition, however […]

S.T.A.R. Info and Testimonials

December 12th, 2018|

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 […]

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