On Tuesday, April 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a series of nationwide waivers that allow flexibility to school meal programs for the 2021-22 school year. Unlike this school year, schools and community organizations will not have the option to operate the SFSP once the new school year begins. School Food Authorities will have the option to operate the SSO or can choose to operate the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program in School Year 2021-22.
CDE School Nutrition will share more information as updates become available. If you have questions, please submit them through this form.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for no-cost meals for all students. To ensure all districts have the opportunity to provide data to determine their best possible Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) eligibility for next school year, Colorado has opted into a USDA nationwide waiver that allows an extension of CEP data reporting and implementation timelines. Here is what you need to know:
Districts can report data as of any date between July 1, 2020, and June 18, 2021. Districts must complete the CEP Alternate Report Date form if choosing to report data as of any date other than April 1, 2021. You will be able to access and revise your data in the Portal through Friday, June 18, 2021.
CDE will notify districts eligible for districtwide CEP implementation by June 30, 2021. CDE will not formally notify districts if individual schools are eligible. However, you may be contacted by a representative of CDE, Hunger Free Colorado, or the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger to explain the implementation options for your eligible sites.
If a district chooses to implement CEP either districtwide, for a group of sites, or for a single site, the district must formally notify CDE of this decision via the CEP Request Form no later than Friday, July 30, 2021.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) reimbursement claims may be delayed as School Nutrition awaits additional funding from the USDA. Sponsors should continue submitting claims in the Colorado Nutrition Portal by the claim deadlines. SFSP claims will be reimbursed as soon as possible.
USDA Team Nutrition released three ready-to-go presentations that highlight numerous resources for child nutrition operators. Within each presentation, sponsors may find new resources related to COVID-19, Nutrition Education, Training, and Community Engagement. Resources available include lesson plans, activity guides, promotional posters, student and family handouts and signs and posters to support proper hand washing and cleaning practices. Check them out at teamnutrition.usda.gov.