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June 26, 2020
Summer Meals Program and Emergency Feeding
National School Lunch Program

Summer Meals Program Spotlight

FFVP 2020-21 school year application now open

Sponsors can complete and submit Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program applications in the Colorado Nutrition Portal. Qualifying applicants must:

  • Be an elementary school.
  • Begin FFVP operations at the start of the school year.
  • Participate in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program.
  • Have 50% or more students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Preference will be given to those schools with the highest eligibility percentage. 

Upon logging into the Colorado Nutrition Portal, sponsors will see 2020-21 school year information. To view information for the 2019-20 school year, click on ‘year’ in the upper right corner. 

For more information visit the FFVP webpage. For questions, contact Erica Boyd at or 720-693-3232. 

Summer Meals Program Updates

Waivers extended for the National School Lunch & School Breakfast programs 

The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced the extension of multiple COVID-19 waivers to last through the end of the 2020-21 school year. These waivers apply only to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, USDA announced a new waiver that waives the requirement of offer versus serve at the high school level. Waivers that have been extended include:

  • Nationwide Meal Times Waiver
  • Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver
  • Nationwide Meal Pattern Waiver
  • Nationwide Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-Up Waiver

More information about these waivers can be found here.

Save the Date - SFSP Review Webinar

CDE’s School Nutrition team is required to conduct reviews of sponsors operating the Summer Food Service Program, including new sponsors that operated during unanticipated school closures. This year, all SFSP reviews will be conducted offsite. If your sponsor organization is up for a review, School Nutrition invites sponsors to attend a webinar at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, to learn about the offsite review process and help sponsors plan for their upcoming SFSP review. Register for the webinar now and submit any questions in advance of the webinar using this 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. 

Pandemic-EBT webinar and resources

Register for a collaborative webinar from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, to learn about P-EBT benefits that will soon be available to Colorado families with school-aged children. The webinar will be hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Education and Hunger Free Colorado. Check out the resources below for more information about P-EBT: 

Outreach and Partner Updates

Use Summer Meal Promotional videos

Hunger Free Colorado developed promotional summer meal videos to help sponsors promote the Summer Food Service Program. Videos are available in both English and Spanish with short and long versions available.

For questions, contact Kristi Brennan at or 720-450-0926.

Program Outreach and Partner Updates

Tune in to the No Kid Hungry CEP webinar 

No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting childhood hunger, is hosting a webinar on taking advantage of the Community Eligibility Provision on Tuesday, June 30. Register for this webinar to learn more about CEP, a program that provides free meals to students. Discover how to make this program work for your team and your students this school year.

For questions, contact

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