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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:

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.
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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. 

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Team Up for School Nutrition Success - Deadline to submit interest forms has been extended to Aug. 1, 2016

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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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