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Dates and Deadlines

Reimbursement claim reminder 

April claims are due Tuesday, June 29. 

View the How to Claim webpage for more information. For questions, email free&reducedpriceschoolmeals@cde.state.co.us.

IN THIS ISSUE
SPOTLIGHT

Please disseminate: Survey to determine family perceptions of school meals

CDE’s School Nutrition unit launched a survey to determine what families of school-age students think about meals at school. Survey results will help the unit create fresh, new marketing materials to promote participation in school meals. All resources will be available to download from School Nutrition’s webpage for local use. 

To ensure the resources reflect the diversity of Colorado’s families, we ask that you share the survey introduction and links broadly to your network of families and child nutrition partners. The survey is open from now until Friday, June 25.

Survey Introduction - English

Are you a parent or guardian of a school-aged child? We want to hear what your family thinks about meals at school. It doesn’t matter what options you and your child choose (school lunch, brown bag, off-campus meals). Our quick online parent survey will help Colorado schools respond to the tastes and needs of families like yours. 

Survey Introduction - Spanish

¿Es usted padre o tutor de un niño en edad escolar? Queremos saber lo que piensa su familia sobre las comidas en la escuela. No importa qué opciones elijan usted y su hijo (almuerzo escolar, bolsa marrón, comidas fuera de las instalaciones). Nuestra rápida encuesta en línea para padres ayudará a las escuelas de Colorado a responder a los gustos y necesidades de familias como la suya.

For questions, contact Sharon Murray at murray_s@cde.state.co.us or 720-584-1962. 

PROGRAM UPDATES

Updated guidance for school year 2021-22 operations

On June 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a Questions and Answers memo for child nutrition program operations in school year 2021-22. This Q&A can be found on the back-to-school guidance webpage. Updates from this memo are also included in the School Nutrition FAQ and are highlighted in yellow.

If there are questions you’d like added to the FAQ, please submit them through this form

Local wellness policy assessment extension

On June 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline to complete the first triennial assessment by an additional year, from June 30, 2021, to June 30, 2022. For sponsors that take advantage of the new deadline, the next triennial assessment of compliance must be completed by June 30, 2025.

CDE School Nutrition has developed a reporting tool to assist sponsors in conducting the triennial assessment of their Local Wellness Policy. The reporting tool and instructions can be found on the Wellness Policy Assessment Tools webpage

For questions, contact Erin Opgenorth at opgenorth_e@cde.sate.co.us or 720-822-1883. 

Participate in the Farm to Summer challenge

The Farm to Summer challenge week is Sunday, July 11, through Saturday, July 17. This is an opportunity to connect children with local agriculture and nutrition education. Complete this short form to take the pledge, which includes: 

  • Tasting: incorporate at least one local product 

  • Teaching: providing at least one nutrition education activity 

  • Connecting: sharing at least one of these stories on social media 

Sponsors that participate in the challenge week may also be nominated for the USDA National Turnip the Beet Award. To support sponsors with the challenge, CDE created the F2Summer Challenge Toolkit, which includes state and national resources to help guide you through tasting, teaching, and connecting youth to locally grown products.

For questions, contact Rebecca Boone at boone_r@cde.state.co.us or 720-450-4357. 

Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer updates

The next round of P-EBT benefits are expected to be disseminated on Wednesday, June 23. After this, the P-EBT Support Center will have the most up-to-date student information. Early July is an ideal time for families to contact the P-EBT Support Center as household specific questions can be answered with current data and address updates can occur. P-EBT Support Center contact information and detailed information can be found in the P-EBT Support Center Resource

From now until Wednesday, June 30, sponsors should encourage that the 2020-21 free and reduced-price meal applications be completed for families to qualify for school year 2020-21 P-EBT benefits. Free and reduced-price meal applications received on Thursday, July 1, and onwards will provide P-EBT benefits to eligible students during the summer only. The application and promotional P-EBT materials can be found on the School Meal Eligibility webpage or the Colorado Department of Human Services P-EBT Outreach toolkit.

For questions, p-ebt.datapipeline.support@cde.state.co.us.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Attend the June LoProCO monthly call hosted by Nourish Colorado

Register for the LoProCO monthly call at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. The topic is “Sprouting Conversations: Building the Farm to School Movement”. Participants will learn about different roles in farm to school and how each role contributes to program success. The June culinary demo is all about staying cool and being rad – cucumbers and radishes. Previous calls can be viewed on the Nourish Colorado YouTube channel.

For questions, contact jessica@nourishcolorado.org

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Boulder Valley School District celebrates Farm to Summer

Boulder Valley School District recently launched a new BBQ trailer at the Boulder County Farmers Market to bring summer meals directly to the kids. The school district and farmers market are collaborating to increase access to healthy foods for kids and families. The market also accepts Double Up Food Bucks and provides additional funds for City of Boulder WIC participants. Last week, the menu included local smoked beef brisket sandwiches, local applewood smoked pork spareribs, scratch-cooked sweet potato cornbread, crispy cabbage slaw, oranges, and milk. Check out the Farm to School webpage for pictures and details on the local offerings.

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at pullen_m@cde.state.co.us or 720-644-7259.

Family resources from Cooking Matters Colorado

Cooking Matters Colorado developed a toolkit featuring sample social media posts, flyers, text messages, and outreach language Summer Food Service Program sponsors can use to connect families with additional food security resources. Many resources are available in both English and Spanish. Access the toolkit here

Apply for the Breakfast For Kids Campaign grant 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation has released a Breakfast for Kids Campaign grant opportunity for sponsors that would like support to:

  • Increase enrollment or implement best practices in school breakfast
  • Provide resources/education materials for parents/families
  • Provide children with breakfast foods for the weekend
  • Increase the nutritional content of breakfast programs

The application is due Friday, June 25, by 6 p.m. The grant application and more information can be found here
For questions, contact the Albertsons Companies Foundation using this form.

 

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