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 [...]
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 very busy young student, and ICN is fortunate to have her as one of our student workers.
ICN's Executive Director, Dr. Aleshia Hall-Campbell, welcomed 32 National Advisory Council members, USDA Headquarters staff, and ex-officio members to the Institute for the 2018 meeting held November 14-15. ICN staff presented "Landshark Tank" projects to NAC members. One of the exciting submissions was the #ICNSPIRE Project which is a social media campaign created to inspire child nutrition professionals to share [...]
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 Exploratory Investigation of the Roles, Responsibilities, and Impact of Chefs Working in School Nutrition Education and Training Needs Assessment for State Agency [...]
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 [...]
The Institute of Child Nutrition is very excited to have Kansas pilot the new S.T.A.R. Program Initiative! Thank you to all the states who submitted entries for the pilot drawing. All states will have the opportunity to participate in the program so stay tuned for future information about how to register your state. For those of you who may [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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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