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November 2019
CDE, including the School Nutrition Unit, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Apply for the USDA Equipment Assistance Grant

Colorado received over $340,000 of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Equipment Assistance Grant funds to distribute through the 2019 fiscal year. School food authorities (SFAs) may apply for up to two pieces of equipment that improve the quality of school meals, food safety, energy efficiency of equipment or participation in school meal programs. The application will be released in January 2020 on the School Nutrition Grants & Awards webpage and will be due in February. More details will be available in the December edition of The Dish. 

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


Colorado Department of Human Services Reimbursement Checks

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has reimbursed SFAs for prior year USDA foods commodity fees. These reimbursement checks should be captured as miscellaneous revenues, source code 1990 with no grant code. SFAs with sufficient expenditures in their object code 0632 funding source can capture the CDHS reimbursements as an offset for that funding source.

For questions, contact Kirk Weber at or 303-866-6610.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program tips for teachers 

Share these useful Food Safety Guidance for the Classroom sheets or this Handling Fresh Produce in Classrooms guide with teachers to support their role of providing safe food and nutrition education during Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program service. View the FFVP webpage for additional food safety resources educators can use during FFVP. 

For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-644-7259.


Complete a survey about adequate time to eat in schools 

The Colorado Children's Campaign is seeking input from parents, students, food service professionals and school administrators on the topic of adequate time to eat school lunch. Please fill out or share these surveys with your networks by Friday, Nov.15: Lunch Access Survey, Parent Survey, School Food Professionals Survey and the School Administrators Survey

For questions, contact Stephane Perez-Carillo at

Application now open for Community Innovation Grants Program 

Do you have an innovative strategy to increase children’s access or consumption of fresh produce outside of the traditional school day? The United Fresh Start Foundation is looking for creative solutions to provide fresh produce to kids, whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat or any other time outside the traditional school day. The Community Innovation Grants Program supports visionary initiatives, research and collaborations with not-for-profit organizations, schools, universities, small businesses and others with innovative projects that align with the United Fresh Start Foundation's mission. Grant applications are due by Sunday, Dec.1. For more information, contact Mollie Van Lieu at 202-303-2403.

For questions, contact Gabriella Warner at or 720-827-5144.


When School’s Out: Child Nutrition Options for Kids 

Earlier this year, staff members from CDE’s School Nutrition Unit and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) came together to learn more about their respective child nutrition programs. This engaging training assisted staff in identifying opportunities to cross-promote child nutrition programs to maximize the use and access across agencies. One of the end products of this collaboration was the creation of the helpful handout, “When School’s Out: Child Nutrition Options for Kids.”

Operators can use the handout to identify programmatic differences in the federal child nutrition programs that can be used to provide meals and snacks outside of regular school time, including the Afterschool Snack Program (ASP), CACFP Afterschool Program and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The handout also includes the basic requirements for each program.

For questions, contact Gabriella Warner at or 720-827-5144.

Upcoming webinars

View the Upcoming Webinar Section on the School Nutrition Training page for more information about upcoming webinars and to register for: 

  • Verification Collection Report webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 2-3 p.m. For questions, contact Rachael Burnham at or 303-866-6450. 

  • Summer Food Service Program Returning Sponsors webinar on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 2-3 p.m. For questions, contact McKenna Pullen at or 720-644-7259. 

Reimbursement Claim Due Date Dates

Reimbursement Claim due dates are posted on the School Nutrition website. September 2019 claims and combined August/September claims are due Friday, Nov. 29.

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