As part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit, JSI is excited to showcase the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN) and their resources to support School Meal Programs in School Year 2022-2023.
The Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition engages and supports school nutrition programs. The USDA and the ICN have collaborated to create the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition, a division of the ICN, with a principal mission to increase the culinary skills of school nutrition programs by providing culinary training programs and resources to support the Child Nutrition Operators to prepare and serve healthy, culinary-inspired school meals from scratch and elevate the cafeteria atmosphere. Here are the top 3 resources shared by the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition to help school districts in the upcoming school year.
- CICN Grab-and-Go Recipes: This collection of 20 Grab & Go Recipes is inspired to help you meet your needs for portable and appealing menu items that are simple to prepare and utilize a variety of USDA Foods. Consider these new recipes for your National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Food Service Program menus.
- CICN Monthly Webinars: The Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition presents monthly webinars typically held on the first Thursday of the month. Webinar topics focus on Child Nutrition Program operations relating to menu production, culinary techniques, and program marketing.
- Coming Soon! The ICN’s new recipe standardization guide will be available soon on their website. The comprehensive guide walks the user through the recipe standardization process for Child Nutrition Programs.
For more information or to connect with the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition, kindly email Garrett Berdan at GeBerdan@olemiss.edu. Be sure to connect on social media via Facebook @IChildNutrition Instagram @theICN, and Twitter @IChildNutrition.
Fun Fact…In our countdown to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs 2022 Summit on May 24, we asked each partner to share which session they were most excited about. The Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition picked the Easy Wins to Increase Scratch Cooking session because scratch cooking is a good way to improve food quality, enhance nutrition, and gives food service staff a rewarding sense of pride in the food they serve.
Thank you to the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition for supporting Massachusetts School Meal Programs and participating in the Countdown to the #HKHHP 2022 Summit!