Supporting Child Nutrition Professionals
OVERVIEW The USDA and Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) have collaborated to create the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN), a division of ICN. The principal mission of CICN is to increase the culinary skills of school nutrition programs by providing culinary training programs and resources to support child nutrition program (CNP) operators to prepare and serve healthy, culinary-inspired school meals from scratch and elevate the cafeteria atmosphere. For more than 30 years, ICN has worked to help CNP operators remain up to date on best practices in preparing and serving meals to children. ICN launched CICN in 2019 as an education branch focused on culinary skills development. As a collaboration between the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and ICN, CICN’s mission is to provide training and technical assistance to help child nutrition professionals develop goals and implement best practices to improve the culinary aspect of program operations.
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THE MIXUP PODCAST At CICN, we promote child nutrition innovation through various channels. Our podcast, The MixUp , features inspiring stories from school nutrition leaders innovating their programs. For example, we have learned about local purchasing from Erin Primer, Director of Food and Nutrition Services in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District in California. Erin buys food from local growers and producers whenever possible to add regional interest to her menus and keep funds in the community. Find this and many more The MixUp podcast episodes on our website .
CICN MONTHLY WEBINARS CICN also hosts monthly webinars covering timely topics, with guest speakers sharing their success stories. Our monthly webinars help program operators gather new ideas on best practices by offering themes such as flavor development strategies, batch cooking for optimal quality, engaging student influencers in menu planning, and Grab-and- Go menu options for busy students on the go. Our monthly webinars reach 1,000 or more participants from every U.S. state and territory. Look for the monthly webinars on the first Thursday of each month. Archived webinars are available for viewing through iLearn , ICN’s free, self-paced online course platform.
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: theicn.org firstname.lastname@example.org
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