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March 2019


A healthy day starts off with school breakfast
School breakfast participation reduces food insecurity, increases student test scores and improves student health. The National School Breakfast Program provides students a healthy morning meal each school day, including those students who may not receive breakfast otherwise. According to the Food Research and Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard, only six Colorado children receive breakfast for every 10 students participating in the National School Lunch Program, ranking Colorado 17th in the nation for school breakfast participation. Celebrate National School Breakfast Week by using unique and innovative serving models to increase breakfast participation.

Learn about East Otero School District’s take on unique breakfast serving models by visiting the School Nutrition homepage
Increase variety in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides an opportunity to introduce new fruits and vegetables to students. Star fruit, rutabaga and kumquat are excellent items to add to the FFVP. To help encourage student participation, offer new foods alongside an activity or nutrition education where students may be more likely to try the new product. Visit the FFVP webpage for more information.

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

Open nominations for “Serving Up Science: The Path to the Safe Food in Schools” training

The School Nutrition Unit is seeking nominations of School Food Authority participants to attend the 2019 “Serving Up Science” training program June 10-14. Please note this is the same week as the Colorado School Nutrition Association Summer Conference. For more information, please review the nomination form.

Complete the nomination form by
5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The School Nutrition Unit takes into consideration which school food authorities have recently attended when choosing nominees. 

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

Submit Community Eligibility Provision Data by April 8

All School Food Authorities (SFAs) must report the numbers of identified and enrolled students for each site to the School Nutrition Unit to determine Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) eligibility for the following school year. Data must be reported in the CO Child Nutrition Hub by Monday, April 8. The Hub opens for reporting on Monday, April 1. Watch this short video with instructions on how to submit the required information or visit the CEP webpage for additional information about the program and use the Data Reporting Guidance or CEP Program Resource for additional assistance. 

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


Register for the School Nutrition Programs Academy training

The School Nutrition Unit will host an in-person School Nutrition Program (SNP) Academy training on May 3. This training is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills required to successfully operate a food service program. The training is intended for new food service directors. To learn more and to register, visit CDE's Professional Development webpage.

For questions, contact Kristi Rolfsen at or 303-866-5985.

Reimbursement Claim Due Dates

Reimbursement Claim due dates are posted (PDF) on the School Nutrition website. January 2019 claims are due on Monday, April 1. February 2019 claims are due Monday, April 29.

Register for the Innovations to Expand Access in Hard-to-Reach Communities Webinar

The No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices will be hosting a webinar at noon on Thursday, March 28 MST, on new, creative approaches Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors have implemented in order to expand access to summer meals. For more information and to register, visit the No Kid Hungry website.

For questions, contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.

Online training for returning sponsors

Returning SFSP sponsors that did not attend the in-person training must complete the online Summer Food Service Program training. The training is divided into short modules for easy reference of specific topics. The training must be completed before applications can be approved.

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


Application submission tips

Applications for the SFSP open on Friday, March 1. For returning sponsors, application information will populate for the new year. Please check all forms for accuracy. Sponsors are responsible for ensuring application packet information is current and accurate. For assistance with application submissions, reference the SFSP application instructions.

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

Mobile Meal Toolkit

For sponsors thinking about starting a mobile program, the No Kid Hungry’s Mobile Meals Toolkit provides a thoughtful set of questions about feasibility and guidance on initial planning steps. For sponsors already running mobile programs, it provides tips and best practices for program improvement.

For questions, contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.

Help ensure all children in Colorado have access to healthy summer meals

The USDA National Office approved the four state-wide waivers submitted by CDE’s School Nutrition Unit. The policies and flexibilities related to offer versus serve, area eligibility, meal times and monitoring will remain in place. Sponsors should continue to follow requirements outlined in the 2016 Administrative Guide.

For questions, contact Ashley Moen at or 303-866-6653.


Test Kitchen Grant Opportunity

The No Kid Hungry Test Kitchen is designed to help organizations turn their best ideas into validated strategies and promising practices to increase access to summer meals. Organizations selected for the program will receive grants of up to $10,000. Learn more and apply now. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 15.

For questions, contact Kirsten Craft at

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