Welcome to Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN)

Valencia County

What is ICAN?

ICAN inspires New Mexico's families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, and makes those choices possible by creating health-friendly communities.

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).

You can learn more at the ICAN Homepage.

Connect with ICAN!

Contact your county ICAN Nutrition Educator at Valencia to learn more about ICAN or find classes.

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  • ICAN Pasta Recipe
    Try this easy, delicious homemade Pasta Sauce recipe that is low in calories and sugars! This recipe is being shared as part of the first video in the three part series of videos by our past Valencia County ICAN Nutrition Educator Christine Carter on Portion Control!