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September 2019


Bridging the afternoon hunger gap

The Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) provides a nutritious snack for students participating in after-school activities during the early afternoon hours. The program has two service styles: traditional ASP and extended day ASP

Adams County 14 School District operates a traditional snack program at all 11 sites within the district with a streamlined centralized snack service where participating students receive a snack at a single location for all after-school activities. The kitchens at Adams 14 cross-utilize products to create different snack options that streamline ordering and inventory within the program.

During the 2018-19 school year, 37 sites in Colorado took advantage of the extended day ASP service style, most of which had four-day school weeks. In the East Otero School District, snacks were served during the longer school day to provide additional food to students in the afternoon. The school district served over 120,000 free snacks to students with a participation rate of 87%. 

To help train site staff operating the ASP in your area, use the ASP Site Training tool for a more unified approach. For questions about ASP, contact Erica Boyd at or 303-866-6306. 

Local Food Program Grant

The Local Food Program Grant offers selected school food authorities (SFAs) reimbursement for the purchase of Colorado-grown, raised or processed products. The grant program encourages SFAs to procure local products, foster nutrition education and bolster farm to child nutrition activities while supporting Colorado producers and farmers. School food authorities that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. 

For more information, visit the Farm to School webpage and join the School Nutrition Unit at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 for an informational webinar about the program. 

For questions, contact Jonathan Padia at or 303-866-3685. 

Shared technology system 

The School Nutrition Unit at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have been collaborating to streamline administrative processes e.g. applications, claim submissions and reviews. The agencies have been working with a vendor to develop and implement a new shared technology solution for all child nutrition programs. The new system will be in place by Oct. 2020 and will look and function very similar to the current system to ensure a smooth transition. Both state agencies are confident this technology solution will improve program efficiency and integrity, reduce errors and increase customer satisfaction. More information about the system will be available in the October DISH. 

For questions, contact Vivien Skrupskis at or 303-866-6661.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant tips

The first grant period for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) ends on Monday, Sept. 30. Grant funds do not roll over and must be fully used by Sept. 30. Did you know funds can be used to participate in Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Sept. 18 and to purchase equipment to enhance the program? For equipment costing more than $250, the FFVP Equipment Justification Form must be submitted for approval. 

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-644-7259.

Connect with your district liaison to increase access to school meals 

All school districts must have a McKinney-Vento Homeless Education, Child Welfare Liaison (CWEL) and Migrant Education Program (MEP) liaison. District liaisons identify eligible students for assistance programs. Children identified in these programs are automatically eligible for free school meals. Visit the School Meal Eligibility webpage to find the applicable district liaison and help connect children to school meals. 

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Credit coconut, hominy, corn masa and masa harina

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released Memo SP 34-2019 which provides guidance on crediting coconut (including dried coconut), hominy, corn masa and masa harina and clarifies how to identify popular products made from corn that can be credited toward the grain requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs. This memo applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

For questions, contact Jonathan Padia at or 303-866-3685.


New CHOP videos

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and LiveWell Colorado teamed up to produce new online culinary training videos. For more information and to watch the video visit the CDPHE’s training webpage

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

School Nutrition Needs Assessment Report 

In collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Evaluation Branch, the School Nutrition Unit is excited to announce the completion of a statewide needs assessment, providing greater insight into the opportunities and barriers for increasing participation in and access to Child Nutrition Programs. With an 88% survey response rate, this comprehensive report encompasses the perspective of school communities across the state. The findings from the report will support the work of the School Nutrition Unit, which will use this information to enhance and bring forth new training sessions. Thank you to the SFAs and sponsors for the feedback to help ensure these critical programs reach all students and families.

For more information, please visit the School Nutrition Communications page. For questions, contact Gabby Warner at or 720-827-5144.


Mountain Plains Crunch Off

Celebrate Farm to School Month on Wednesday, Oct. 16 by participating in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off and crunch into a locally and regionally grown apple. Students, teachers, parents, farmers and community members from states throughout the Mountain Plains Region are invited to participate and compete to see which state can get the most "crunches" into a local apple. For more information, visit the School Nutrition Farm to School Page

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-644-7259.

Upcoming Webinars

Two-Person Point of Service Request Form 

The Two-Person Point of Service (POS) Request process is now electronic. If a school site does not have the ability for an end of the serving line POS, a second staff member must be present at the end of the serving line to ensure meals are reimbursable. Submitting this form ensures all requirements will be followed for the current school year. Upon approval, an email will be sent to the requester that will serve as the documentation you must retain on file.

For questions, contact Benjamin Wetherbee at or 303-866-6529.

Meal counting and claiming training

Updated meal counting and claiming online training sessions are now available. The training sessions are a two-part series and each takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. View the new training sessions on the School Nutrition Professional Development webpage.

For questions, contact Benjamin Wetherbee at or 303-866-6529.

Reimbursement Claim Due Dates

Reimbursement Claim due dates are posted on the School Nutrition website. July 2019 claims are due Sunday, Sept. 29. 


July claiming deadline

The deadline for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) July claims is Sunday, Sept. 29. For additional guidance on reimbursement claims, visit the SFSP How to Claim webpage

New SFSP email 

The SFSP has a new email address. Please send general summer meal program questions to


Food Safety Kit feedback

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is collecting feedback about the SFSP food safety kits to improve the kits for next summer. Sponsors that received a food safety kit are encouraged to complete this 10-minute survey.

For questions, email

For general questions about the Summer Food Service Program contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.
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