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Dates and Deadlines

Reimbursement claim reminder

February claims are due Thursday, April 29

View the 2020-21 school year FAQs or the How to Claim webpage for more information. For questions, email free&reducedpriceschoolmeals@cde.state.co.us.

First P-EBT data upload due Friday, April 23

Student-level data is needed to assess eligibility for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) and to obtain household information. This data collection will follow the typical process of new Data Pipeline collections: file layout and definitions are on the P-EBT Data Collection webpage

  • The first data upload deadline is Friday, April 23; 
  • Second data upload deadline will be Monday, May 31; 
  • There is a potential third upload in August. 

We are here to support your efforts and have recorded webinars and FAQs with additional resources available on the School Meal Eligibility webpage. Together, we can ensure as many children as possible have access to these resources for healthy meals. 

For all questions, contact P-EBT.datapipeline.support@cde.state.co.us.

IN THIS ISSUE
PROGRAM UPDATES

Updated free and reduced-price disclosure resource

The Disclosure Reference for State and Federal Programs has been updated and posted to the School Meal Eligibility webpage. Notable changes include the addition of guidance around releasing student-level information for P-EBT purposes and the removal of allowance to disclose free and reduced-price benefit statuses for the AP Testing Fee Grant Program. Per clarification from USDA, all waiving of AP testing fees will require parental consent, even if through the AP Testing Fee Grant Program. 

For questions, please contact free&reducedpriceschoolmeals@cde.state.co.us.

New Summer Food Service Program best practice resources are available 

Two new resources, created in partnership with Share Our Strength, are available to help sponsors implement Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) best practices. The Adult Meals Guide highlights how to cover costs, maintain compliance, and tips for successful implementation. The SFSP Action Guide covers the top five best practices found out of last summer's Community Innovation in Summer Meals Grant: involving community partners, marketing and outreach, adult meals, mobile meals, and applying for funding. Both resources can be found on the SFSP webpage.

For questions, contact Kristi Brennan at brennan_k@cde.state.co.us or 720-450-0926. 

CDHS 2021 USDA virtual food show reminder

The 2021 USDA Virtual Food Show is closing soon. Place your sample requests by close of business on Friday, April 16. View the 2021 USDA Virtual Food Show for more information. 

For questions, contact Taylor Nagy at Taylor.Nagy@state.co.us or 303-868-1929. 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Register for the meal pattern training with CACFP, Cooking Matters and Nourish Colorado

Program operators of Head Start or Early Childcare programs can attend this training to understand program regulations, improve culinary skills, and connect with kids. Training participants must operate or be eligible for the CACFP meal program and work with children under the age of 6. Registration closes two weeks in advance as participants will receive supplies beforehand. Register and view training dates.

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

Join April's On the Menu call next week

Register for April’s On the Menu call on Thursday, April 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. This call is the second Masterclass Leadership webinar and falls on Earth Day with the theme of Restore Our Earth. The call will discuss increasing sustainability in menu planning and how to reduce food waste. If you have registered for these calls, use this web link to join the training.

For questions or training accommodations (i.e. speaker notes), contact McKenna Pullen at pullen_m@cde.state.co.us or 720-644-7259.

Register for the LEARN to Master Difficult Conversations with your staff webinar

Register for a live webinar with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) on Wednesday, April 28, to learn more about the new LEAD to Succeed™ training program designed specifically for school nutrition professionals. This Webinar Wednesday presentation begins at 1 p.m. This training is open to all school nutrition professionals. 

For questions, contact education@schoolnutrition.org

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Colorado families will receive food benefits through P-EBT starting late May

Colorado’s P-EBT plan received final approval by USDA on April 12. This means Coloradans with eligible school-enrolled children will begin to receive food benefits through the P-EBT program starting late May. This effort will help support Colorado's families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All guidance provided by CDE is accurate based on this plan. Recorded webinars and FAQs with additional resources are available on the School Meal Eligibility webpage

For all questions, contact P-EBT.datapipeline.support@cde.state.co.us.

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