Take a journey with ICN through the history of child nutrition with our interactive timeline.

As they have for nearly a century, the Federally assisted Child Nutrition Programs occupy a significant place in the social, economic, and political life of Americans today. The creation of these programs and their evolution over the years is remarkable. For over 70 years, they have maintained their basic characteristics and successfully adapted to meet the nation’s changing needs. A better understanding of their history explains how they remain among the longest lasting and most popular legacies of the New Deal and the Great Society.

Scroll through the timeline and click on a date tab to read the history or use the arrows to navigate to the next date. Use the Zoom In or Zoom Out feature on the left side of the panel to get a better picture of the elements of the timeline.