ICAN - Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition

ICAN - Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition

**Important Update Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus**

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, ICAN has suspended all in-person classes. We are offering live virtual classes, programs, and guides. Just like our in-person classes, all ICAN virtual classes are completely free-of-charge.

Free Virtual Classes:

What is ICAN?

Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) is a NMSU Cooperative Extension Service program funded by USDA's EFNEP and SNAP-Ed grants to provide nutrition education to limited-resource audiences in New Mexico.

ICAN's mission is to inspire New Mexico's limited-resource families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.

ICAN improves quality of life statewide by:

  • Teaching practical skills including cooking, food safety, and food resource management
  • Providing evidence-based nutrition education
  • Facilitating the development of healthy public spaces such as school and community gardens
  • Collaborating with community partners to connect participants with resources for healthier living
  • Engaging participants through a variety of approaches, including social media
  • Evaluating and improving programming as needed to adapt with the communities we serve

COVID-19 Health Resources

If you are a senior or disabled adult and cannot access groceries, call 1-800-432-2080.
Leave a message with:
* Your name
* Telephone number
* City or town you reside in
The New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services will make contact within 2 hours of your call to assist.

Guides For Sheltering at Home



  • Financially Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak
    Archived free webinar series from April 2020. Topics include understanding financial impact of COVID-19; accessing stimulus and emergency funds; how to defer credit card, auto, mortgage and other payments; deciphering interest rates; and creating a spending plan to maximize current income and savings.

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Thanks To Our Funders

This work is funded (in part) by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This work is also funded (in part) by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

This work is delivered through New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES). ACES is an engine for economic and community development in New Mexico, improving the lives of New Mexicans through academics, research, and extension programs. USDA and NMSU are equal opportunity employers and educators.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
United States Department of Agriculture - USDA