Updates and Announcements
USDA Announces School Meals Final Rules
Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Katie Wilson announced final changes under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) that will improve access to healthy food, consistent nutrition standards for foods marketed and served to students, and program integrity efforts that will further improve the administration of federal child nutrition programs.
Final rules were announced for the following:
- 7 CFR Part 245 National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Eliminating Applications through Community Eligibility as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
- 7 CFR Parts 210 and 220 National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
- 7 CFR Parts 210 and 220 Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy,Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
- 7 CFR Parts 210, 215, 220 and 235 Administrative Reviews in the School Nutrition Programs
For more information, visit School Meals - Federal Register Documents
CO Child Nutrition Hub is now open for 2016-2017 Application Renewals
- All SFAs must have the application renewal process completed by Thursday Sept. 15, 2016. Remember that the process takes up to two weeks to complete, especially with extra programs such as Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) or Special Milk Program (SMP). You will not be able to submit a claim until your renewal application is considered complete.
- The Child Nutrition Program Renewal Process webpage has additional information.
Free and Reduced Price and/or Special Milk Program - Public Release
Annually, school food authorities (SFAs) are required to provide a public release of the Free and Reduced Price Meals Policy and/or the Special Milk Program Policy that is published at the district level. To meet this annual requirement for Colorado SFAs, the CDE Office of School Nutrition will be publishing a state-wide public release on June 30, 2016. This state-wide public release will include all sites participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the Special Milk Program. As a best practice, Colorado SFAs can publish the public release locally, but this will no longer be required.
State Board of Education
- Healthy Beverage Policy webpage
- Healthy Beverage Policy Rules (PDF)
- Healthy Beverage Policy - Proposed Revisions (PDF)
- Healthy Beverage Policy - Crosswalk of Rules and Statutes (PDF)
- State Board of Education Rule Making Hearing - August 10, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
- Meeting offsite at: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 N. Ave., UC Meeting Room 213, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Team Up for School Nutrition Success - Deadline to submit interest forms has been extended to Aug. 1, 2016
- Learn more about this unique learning experience for mentors and participants
- Sept. 15, 2016 - School Food Authorities (SFA)
- Sept. 16, 2016 - Summer Food Service Program Sponsors
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