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Dates and Deadlines

Reimbursement claim reminder 

May claims are due Friday, July 30. 

View the How to Claim webpage for more information. For questions, email free&reducedpriceschoolmeals@cde.state.co.us.
 

2021-22 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program applications due July 31

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program offers funds to schools to provide elementary school children with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day at no cost. Apply for the FFVP in the 2021-22 school year by submitting a complete FFVP application in the Colorado Nutrition Portal by Saturday, July 31. Reference the application instructions or the FFVP webpage for details.

For questions, contact Erica Boyd at boyd_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6306. 

IN THIS ISSUE
SPOTLIGHT

Because of your hard work and commitment, P-EBT has reached over 306,000 students and over $239 million dollars in benefits have been issued to date. Additionally, through USDA funding from mini-grants, sponsors are expected to receive reimbursement for P-EBT efforts that collectively amounts to $320,000.

P-EBT will also be available for the summer. Students in grades PK-12 who attended school and were eligible for free or reduced-price meals during school year 2020-21, or are members of a SNAP household under the age of six, may be eligible for summer P-EBT. Please encourage families to complete a school meal application to establish eligibility for P-EBT. To support outreach to families, CDE, in partnership with LunchAssist, created a flyer and sample social media posts highlighting the importance of providing household income for this school year. Outreach materials in English and Spanish can be found in this google folder and on the back to school guidance webpage.

Thank you for all your hard work to ensure all eligible students receive this benefit. For questions, contact free&reducedpriceschoolmeals@cde.state.co.us

PROGRAM UPDATES

Local Food Purchasing Program returns

The Local Food Purchasing Program (LFP) was recently refunded by the Colorado legislature and will begin this fall. School Nutrition is working through the details and will provide more information soon. 

For questions, contact Rebecca Boone at boone_r@cde.state.co.us or 720-450-4357. 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Join the July On The Menu call next week

Join the July On the Menu call at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, for an update on free and reduced-price meal applications and resources for the 2021-22 school year for both the National School Lunch Program and the Seamless Summer Option. Register for this call via Zoom

For questions, contact Benjamin Wetherbee at wetherbee_b@cde.state.co.us or 720-607-3434.

Attend the August LoProCO monthly call hosted by Nourish Colorado

Register for the next monthly call at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Rainey Wikstrom, School Wellness Director for the Colorado League of Charter Schools, will join the call to discuss crafting your farm to school marketing plan. The August culinary feature highlights sweet corn and melons. Previous calls can be viewed on the Nourish Colorado YouTube channel.

For questions, contact Jessica Wright at jessica@nourishcolorado.org

Attend kitchen math training hosted by Nourish Colorado

School Nutrition and Nourish Colorado are hosting kitchen math training at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Participants will learn common kitchen math terms and how food waste affects food cost, menu planning, portion control and purchasing. This training is for food service directors, kitchen managers and cooks. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional standards credits. Register for kitchen math training via Zoom.

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

Attend the CDPHE and Nourish Colorado virtual knife skills training

Early Childhood Educators can attend this virtual knife skills training, which is a two-part series on Saturday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 28. Both sessions will start at 9 a.m. Participants who attend both sessions will receive a gift card and supply box prior to training. Registration closes on Monday, Aug. 2.

For questions, contact Jessica Wright at jessica@nourishcolorado.org.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Host a vaccine clinic at your summer feeding sites

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Vaccine Campaign is looking for summer feeding sites to host vaccine clinics for students and families. A representative from the Vaccine Campaign may reach out to coordinate a vaccine clinic at your site. 

For questions and more information, please contact Seth Davis at Seth.Davis@state.co.us.

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