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Federal Government Shutdown Resources

Education Resources During the Federal Government Shutdown

CDE has compiled resources to help families and students struggling during the U.S. federal government shutdown.

Child Nutrition Programs Continue

A partial shutdown of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services has resulted from the Federal Government shutdown. However, funding for the following USDA child nutrition programs will continue into March:

  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • Special Milk Program

School Food Authorities should continue with food service operations as usual at this time, including submitting claim reimbursements.

View the USDA press release for details and more information.

Free and Reduced Price School Meal Applications Available

During a temporary lay-off or federal furlough without pay, affected families can apply for free or reduced price school meal benefits using current income information.

Applications must include all other household income and be completed according to requirements. After the shutdown ceases, families can request their meal benefits be terminated.

Families should contact their school district to submit an Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.  

CDE staff from the Office of School Nutrition are available to answer questions.

Food Assistance

February benefits for anyone using Food Assistance or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were released early. Visit the Colorado PEAK website to check on the status of any benefits or figure out eligibility. 

Phone assistance is also available:

  • Hunger Free Colorado: 855-855-4626
  • Colorado Benefits Center: 855-871-2696

If you have questions, please contact the CDE Communications Division.

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