SCN - Purpose, Mission, Vision

Posted: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 3:57pm Updated: Wed, 08/21/2013 - 3:09pm

Purpose Statement:

The Indiana Department of Education, Division of School and Community Nutrition Program is the administering agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs. The Division is actively involved in improving the health and well being of Indiana’s citizens, especially children.

The Division works closely with food service professionals in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, day care organizations, and other nonprofit organizations that serve nutritious meals to eligible recipients.

Division employees distribute a variety of USDA developed educational and training resources. The Division also provides a variety of technical assistance and training opportunities for food service, education, and health care professionals with the aim of helping the state’s children choose healthy life styles for successful living. Collaborative relationships are maintained with many governmental agencies and other organizations with similar goals.

Mission Statement:

Provide monetary and food assistance to schools and institutions participating in USDA Child Nutrition Programs enabling them to efficiently and attractively provide nutritious meals. The Division offers eligible participating organizations education, training, and technical assistance to ensure compliance with USDA regulations, policies, and instructions.

Vision Statement:

To be a nutritionally aware community that fosters the development of healthy Indiana citizens.