ICAN - Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition

ICAN - Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition

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What is ICAN?

Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) is a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service (NMSU CES) program funded by Federal grants to provide nutrition education to SNAP-eligible audiences in New Mexico. Our mission is to inspire New Mexico’s families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices and to make those choices possible by creating health-friendly communities.

ICAN is the largest implementing agency for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant in New Mexico, and the only agency for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) grant. Both grants are reauthorized every five years by legislation commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” and are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

ICAN improves quality of life statewide by:

  • Teaching practical skills including cooking, food safety, and food resource management
  • Providing evidence-based nutrition and food gardening classes
  • Developing healthy public spaces such as school and community gardens
  • Engaging clients with the most effective approaches, including virtual classrooms and social media
  • Connecting clients with community partners that provide healthy living resources
  • Evaluating and improving programming to adapt with the communities we serve

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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 law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

Mail: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA1320 Braddock Place, Room 334 Alexandria, VA 22314; or

Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or


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