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July 16, 2020
Summer Meals Program
National School Lunch Program

Summer Meals Program Spotlight

2020-21 school nutrition programs application now open

The 2020-21 school year school nutrition programs application is now open. Reference the application instructions on the How to Apply webpage for more details about how to complete the application in the Colorado Nutrition Portal. Applications are due at the end of September and can take up to three weeks to approve. 

For questions, please contact the nutrition consultant assigned to the application in the Portal. 

Summer Meals Program Updates

Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer updates

The P-EBT application is expected to be available for families within the next few weeks but is currently unavailable. Other important P-EBT action items include: 

  • Complete additional information in the P-EBT Collection Form via SmartSheet. P-EBT main contacts will receive an automated update request from SmartSheet. Please complete this information by July 20. 

  • Continue referencing the FAQs posted on the Colorado Department of Human Services P-EBT webpage.  

For questions, contact

Outreach and Partner Updates

Oral health kits

The Oral Health Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing oral health kits for children since access to preventive oral health services has been limited during COVID-19. Please take this online survey to help us understand local needs and interest in participating. The survey should take less than five minutes. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Program Updates

Register for the School Nutrition Back-to-School webinar

Register for the School Nutrition Back-to-School webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. School Food Authorities will learn about the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program rules and regulations, including the recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture flexibilities due to COVID-19. Submit any questions in advance of the webinar using this online form. Participants will receive professional standards training credit for attending the webinar. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please work with your IT department to add to your safe sender's list.

For questions, contact Alicia Grove at or 720-795-2038. 

Back-to-School Planning FAQs

The Back-to-School Planning FAQs (PDF) include answers to questions submitted by sponsors during webinars, sharing calls and emails. The FAQ includes information related to school food service operations in the 2020-21 school year and will be updated on a regular basis as School Nutrition receives new questions.

For questions, contact Kerri Link at

Alternative Meal Service Training

Program sponsors are invited to complete a training by Dairy Max that showcases alternative meal service options, equipment needs and resources for the upcoming school year.

For questions, contact Kerri Link at or 720-660-5499. 

Program Outreach and Partner Updates

Tune into FRAC August webinar

The Food Research & Action Center invites child nutrition professionals and community sponsors to join its upcoming webinar to ensure access to nutritious meals. 

For questions, contact Etienne Melcher Philbin at

Attend SNA Back-to-School webinar

The School Nutrition Association invites members and non-members to join its free Back-to-School webinar. 

  • Thursday, July 30: Dining Guide for School Meals in the Classroom. Many students will likely eat at their desks in the 2020-21 school year, which is why the brand-new Dining Guide for School Meals in the Classroom was created. This is a series of easy-to-customize templates that sponsors can adapt and share to educate various stakeholder groups, from administrators and teachers to custodians and support staff.

For questions, contact or call 800-877-8822 and ask for professional development. 

Program Resources

Complete the Dairy MAX 2020-21 child nutrition survey

As school environments continue to evolve due to COVID-19, the operations, challenges and needs of sponsors are evolving as well. Accordingly, Dairy MAX is collecting information from school nutrition partners on the fall 2020 operational and support needs. To provide input, please fill out the Dairy MAX 2020-21 Child Nutrition Survey

This feedback will help us as we work together to support you and your child nutrition colleagues. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Dairy MAX School Wellness Consultant.

For questions, contact or 817-781-9960. 

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