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CDE, including the School Nutrition Unit, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President’s Day.


Help ensure all children in Colorado have access to healthy summer meals
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals and snacks to millions of children across the country who otherwise might go hungry during the summer. According to the Food Research and Action Center's Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation report (PDF), on average, only eight Colorado children received summer lunch for every 100 low-income Colorado children who received lunch during the school year. Help ensure youth in your community have access to summer meals by starting a summer meals program or expanding your summer meals program. Learn more on the School Nutrition homepage.

Upcoming SFSP activities:
Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible Students
The Student October Count data, including free and reduced lunch eligibility data for the 2018-19 school year, has been released. View complete student count information.
How to better use Fresh Fruit and Vegetable (FFVP) Grant funds
Did you know that for single purchases of less than $10,000 for the FFVP the Micro-Purchase procurement method may be used? Micro-purchasing allows sponsors to partner with local farmers and grocery stores for produce, resources and new ways of serving fruits and vegetables. For questions, contact Erica Boyd or call 303-866-6306.

Update on Partial Government Shutdown

H.J. Res 28 reopens the federal government through Feb. 15. The U.S. House and Senate members will convene a conference committee on Homeland Security appropriations. If a final FY 2019 appropriations bill or another continuing resolution is not passed and signed by the President by Feb. 15, the federal government will shut down again. KEEP READING.
CSNA: Share Your Stories campaign
The School Nutrition Unit is supporting Colorado School Nutrition Association (CSNA) with its Share Your Stories campaign. School districts across Colorado are encouraged to participate as they can learn from one another and enhance their nutrition programs by sharing stories, practices and experiences. Visit the Nutrition homepage for details and content criteria

For questions, contact Alicia Grove at or 720-795-2038.
National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week is March 4-8. Visit the School Nutrition Association’s website for resources and materials to help plan your celebration. This year's theme is "Start Your Engines With School Breakfast."

For questions, contact Alicia Grove at or 720-795-2038.
Smarter Lunchrooms: The Six Principles of Behavioral Economics
Take the
30-minute online training about The Six Principles of Behavioral Economics and learn how to transform your lunchroom to increase participation and encourage healthy choices.

For questions, contact Kristi Rolfsen at or 303-866-5985.
FFVP Nutrition Education Resource
Eating with Our Senses offers 10-15 minutes of nutrition education that help students connect their senses to fruits and vegetables being served. This quick and easy exercise can be taught in the classroom during an FFVP session. Visit the FFVP webpage for more nutrition education opportunities

For questions, contact Erica Boyd at or 303-866-3606
Food Buying Guide Calculator now available
The Food Buying Guide calculator is now available as a feature of the updated Food Buying Guide. This interactive web-based tool allows you to create shopping lists to streamline food orders as well as calculate component contributions for unprocessed food items. Shopping lists created within the tool can be printed or saved for future reference.

For questions contact Jonathan Padia at or 303-866-3685.
Last call: 2018-19 USDA Equipment Assistance Grant
Eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program may apply to receive funding for equipment purchases. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 13, via Survey Monkey. The grant application is available on the Grants and Awards webpage.

For questions, contact Megan Johnson at or 303-866-5983.

President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA)
Students in K-12 engaged in outstanding projects to reduce food waste in school cafeterias, support school gardens or spearheading other environmental sustainability initiatives to promote a healthy school environment can apply for PEYA. Learn more and apply by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency website.

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

Reimbursement Claim Due Dates
Reimbursement Claim due dates are posted (PDF): December 2018 claims are due Friday, March 1.

Summer Application opens March 1
The application for the SFSP opens Friday, March 1 and is due Monday, April 15 for new non-SFA sponsors, as well as sponsors requesting an advance payment. For all other sponsors, applications are due Wednesday, May 1. For application instructions and frequently asked questions, visit the SFSP webpage.

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-520-0335.

Kick-start training opportunities
Sponsors interested in individualized training from the School Nutrition Unit can participate in a kick-start session. Kick-start sessions are a unique opportunity to learn specific tactics to strengthen your program and better understand program requirements. These training sessions are optional but highly encouraged for sponsors who want additional support. Fill out this SmartSheet web form if you are interested

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-520-0335.
Application Tip 
Did you know you can run reports in the CO Child Nutrition Hub that show sponsor, site and claim details for your program? The Site Application Export report can help you complete this year’s application by quickly referencing which application fields need to be updated. The SFSP Claim Export report can help you accurately fill out the average daily participation for your sites as well as update your budget.

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-520-0335.

2019 Reimbursement Rates
The release of 2019 SFSP reimbursement rates may be delayed. The School Nutrition Unit will communicate the updated reimbursement rates and post them on the SFSP webpage as soon as they are published.
Grant opportunity: AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
Join the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Healthy Futures webinar at 11 a.m. MST on Friday, Feb. 15, to learn how an AmeriCorps NCCC team can support your work in creating healthy futures in your community. Visit the NCCC webpage for full details and to register.
For general questions about the Summer Food Service Program contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.
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