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Free and Reduced Price

Free and Reduced Price Meals and Verification Trainings

  • Free and Reduced Price Meals and Verification Online Training  - coming this summer.

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. 

Additional Resources

Click Here For Additional Resources

  • Colorado PEAK
  • Family Economic Data Survey
  • USDA Food and Nutrition Service Translations
  • Foster Care Education
  • Homeless Liaisons
  • Migrant Education Program (MEP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Resource

Independent Review of Applications

USDA Web-based Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

USDA released a web-based free and reduced price meal prototype application that was created using research-based best practices and applicant feedback to help minimize errors and address common issues. It was built to illustrate and advance the development of integrity-focused, user accessible, web-based application design.The web-based prototype is intended to serve as a model for already existing online applications; use is optional. States and schools may choose to adapt the prototype for their own use or use selected functions to enhance their current online application. CDE OSN highly encourages SFAs to share this resource with your online application software vendors.

To learn more, visit Web-Based Prototype Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals v1.0

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rachael Burnham


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