Institute of Child Nutrition - Overview

Supporting Child Nutrition Professionals


WHO WE ARE The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), headquartered at the University of Mississippi, was established by Congress in 1989. ICN is the only federally funded national center dedicated to providing resources, training, research, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. WHAT WE DO ICN develops educational tools and resources, offers training opportunities, and conducts applied research that supports professional development and contributes to the continued success of professionals participating in child nutrition programs.

RESOURCES ICN offers a vast library of educational resources covering a variety of topics. Available on ICN’s website for download at NO CHARGE, our training resources can be used by even the most novice trainer. The library includes materials related to school nutrition programs (SNPs) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Whether you need a 10-minute lesson or a 12-hour course, ICN is your go-to source for educational child nutrition resources. In addition to ICN’s home site, the resource collection includes other helpful websites. • Child Nutrition Archives (CNA) • Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN)

• Child Nutrition Sharing Site (CNSS) • Child Nutrition Recipe Box (CNRB)

WWW.THEICN.ORG 800.321.3054

TRAINING Using a network of expert trainer consultants, ICN delivers face-to- face training seminars and virtual instructor-led trainings (VILTs) to child nutrition professionals across the country. In addition, ICN conducts pre-conference sessions and other presentations at national, regional, and state conferences. On-site training may be requested at little or no cost. ICN’s FREE, self-paced online course system, iLearn , supports the professional development of child nutrition program personnel at all levels of responsibility. ICN’s recorded webinars are also available on iLearn.









RESEARCH ICN’s Applied Research Division (ARD), located on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, conducts research and develops resources to assist child nutrition professionals in the successful operation of their programs.

The ARD supports the mission of ICN as an industry leader in child nutrition research by addressing the operational issues impacting child nutrition programs nationwide through applied research. The primary research threads for ARD are operational accountability, wellness, equipment/design, human resources, customer service, green/environmental conservation, and best practices.

WWW.THEICN.ORG 800.321.3054

HELP DESK The ICN Help Desk provides a direct link to experts who can answer a wide variety of questions on all aspects of child nutrition program management. Contact us by phone or email. Phone: 800-321-3054 Fax: 800-321-3061 Web:

HEADQUARTERS The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences 97 Jeanette Phillips Drive P.O. Box 1848 University, MS 38677

APPLIED RESEARCH DIVISION The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive, #5060 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 601-261-2480

This project was funded using U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funds. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. For more information and the nondiscrimination statement in other languages: Except as provided below, you may freely use the text and information contained in this document for non-profit or educational use with no cost to the participant for the training providing the following credit is included. These materials may not be incorporated into other websites or textbooks and may not be sold. The photographs and images in this document may be owned by third parties and used by the University of Mississippi under a licensing agreement. The university cannot, therefore, grant permission to use these images. Please contact for more information. © 2023, Institute of Child Nutrition, The University of Mississippi, School of Applied Sciences

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