The School Nutrition Unit at CDE has assembled important back-to-school reminders to help sponsors prepare for the start of the school year!
School meal application and family outreach
A school meal application determines student eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals and milk, and also directly correlates to additional district funding, waiving of school and community program fees and grant funding. The start of a new school year is a crucial time to encourage families to apply for free or reduced-price school meals. Promote your school meal application when attending back-to-school events; bring computers to help families complete the application; distribute applications to community centers, recreation centers, daycares and libraries; post the application online and on social media; or mail postcards with application information to all district families. Visit the School Meal Eligibility webpage for the updated application template.
The School Nutrition Unit supports new food service directors to successfully operate a food service program. Alicia Grove, Nutrition Program Consultant, works with new directors to identify training needs and provide customized in-person and online training recommendations.
Join one of the summer meals webinar sessions on Tuesday, Oct.29.
1-2 p.m. – Returning sponsor debrief: Learn about program successes and challenges from sponsors and share ideas about training needs for 2020.
Sponsors interested in speaking about strategies that helped them increase program access, participation or meal quality can contact McKenna Pullen for details at email@example.com or 720-644-7259.
2:15-3 p.m. – New sponsors: Program basics and planning ahead for a successful program.
2019-20 school year Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grantees
Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs Webinar Series
Recent updates in Child Nutrition Programs include the crediting of new food items that were previously unallowable. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a webinar series to explain how to credit these new food items and answer commonly asked questions. As a reminder, crediting of these foods applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program.
New Offer vs. Serve National School Lunch Program posters available
The USDA Team Nutrition released new Offer vs. Serve (OVS) posters. These posters are customized for elementary, middle and high school grade levels. Posters help students understand what to select to make a reimbursable meal. Signage is required for both breakfast and lunch if the school food authority (SFA) uses OVS.
The USDA Farm Bill Implementation Memo, SP 31-2019, notifies sponsors of the 2018 Farm Bill's expansion of the provision that certain groups are not liable in civil cases regarding the donation and service of traditional foods. The provision only applies to food service programs at public and nonprofit facilities that primarily serve Native Americans. This memo applies to all Child Nutrition Programs and the Summer Food Service Program.
Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council Coordinator open position
Colorado State University and the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC) have an open coordinator position. The candidate will coordinate the primary activities of the Colorado Food System Advisory Council (COFSAC) and work closely with a number of Colorado agencies and organizations to address the mission and activities assigned to COFSAC through its authorization. Job applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug.9.
The 2019 Farm to School Census will be sent to school food authorities (SFAs) across the nation this September. The census measures the scope, reach and overall impact of farm to school efforts. This is the only survey that examines SFAs’ activities with local food purchasing, school gardens and agricultural education, as well as the challenges and benefits regarding farm to school at the school and district level. Please complete the census - even if your school or district doesn't participate in farm to school. Feedback is important to strengthen farm to school efforts and identify barriers to participation. Use this Census Preparation Worksheet to help prepare responses.