As June kicks off the summer break, many child nutrition program sponsors are wondering, "What's next? What school will look like for the 2020-21 school year—and what the impact will be on school meal operations?” Some school nutrition professionals are expecting it will be the most challenging year of their careers, as school administrators contemplate dramatic changes to reduce the risk of infection outbreaks until a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is available.
CDE’s School Nutrition Unit and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are working to support districts to plan for the unknown. SNA released a planning tool to help districts ask the right questions to prepare for the new normal.
In addition, the school nutrition staff will facilitate conference calls the week of June 22 with program operators across Colorado to discuss preparing for the fall and brainstorm solutions for back-to-school challenges. Dates and times for calls will be scheduled and released soon. Please complete this online form to express interest in attending a back-to-school conference call. View the back-to-school section on the National School Lunch Program webpage for additional back-to-school resources.
Complete the P-EBT form by Friday, June 19, to inform the School Nutrition Unit of any pressing needs and to identify a local staff member overseeing P-EBT. For questions, contact PEBT2020@state.co.us.
Claiming update in the Colorado Nutrition Portal
The claiming process in the Colorado Nutrition Portal was streamlined by the School Nutrition Unit to allow sponsors to submit sponsor-level claims throughout the summer for the Summer Food Service Program. The claiming module will be unavailable until the end of June due to this system change. Sponsors can submit claims through the Colorado Nutrition Portal after the system is updated.
The School Nutrition Unit is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on flexibilities for SFSP reviews. The goal is to streamline reviews to reduce workload for SFSP sponsors. The School Nutrition Unit is required to review sponsors normally scheduled for a review this summer as well as new SFAs that operated the SFSP during unanticipated school closures. Additional details will be provided as soon as they become available.
The School Nutrition Association invites members and non-members to join its free COVID-19 webinar series that provides timely information and resources concerning school nutrition and the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is an upcoming webinar:
Tune into webinar on school recycling programs in a COVID-19 world
Join the Center for Green Schools on Tuesday, June 16, to learn how to manage recycling and waste in classrooms. Hear case studies of K-12 schools that have successfully implemented sorting stations and recycling programs while feeding students in the classroom.
Nourishing Neighbors, an initiative of the Albertsons Companies Foundation, is aimed at increasing participation in, and access to, the Summer Meals Programs this summer through a grant opportunity. Intermediary organizations, sponsors and schools are eligible to apply for funding. Applications are due by 12:59 a.m.Tuesday, June 22. Expenses eligible for funding can include but are not limited to: transportation, food purchasing, marketing and outreach, temporary hires, technical assistance and equipment.