ICN Applied Research Division

OVERVIEW The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) Applied Research Division (ARD) is located at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. ARD conducts research to assist schools and other organizations that participate in federally funded child nutrition programs (CNP). This research is geared toward helping professionals provide high-quality, nutritious, cost-effective meal service. ARD supports the mission of ICN as an industry leader in child nutrition (CN) research. ARD uses an applied research method to address the operational issues that impact CNPs across the country. Researchers at ARD involve key stakeholders (such as the national advisory council, local CNP operators, and State agency CNP professionals) to conduct their projects. These projects help determine best practices for issues impacting the operation of CNPs as well as assist in the development of resources and training.

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