The Office of School Nutrition is committed to ensuring all school-aged children have equal access to healthy meals by supporting, training, and connecting Colorado’s child nutrition community.
- Advisory Council for School Nutrition
- Calendar of Events
- Data Requests - Frequently Requested Information
- School Food Professional - Job Opportunities
- Thursday Updates
- USDA Memos
Programs and Program Administration
- Administrative Review
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization
- CO Child Nutrition Hub
- Community Eligibility Provision
- Summer Food Service Program
- Charter School Information
- Equipment Decision Tree
- Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals Resources
- School Wellness and Local School Wellness Policies
- Smarter Lunchrooms Movement
- Smart Snacks and Competitive Foods
USDA Commitment to School Meals Proclamation
On May 1, 2017, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue released a proclamation regarding school meal flexibility, which included the following:
- For school year 2017-2018, whole grain rich exemptions will be allowed.
- Existing whole grain rich exemptions will be valid for school year 2017-2018.
- For information on new whole grain rich exemptions, contact Jon Padia.
- For school years 2017-2018 through 2020, SFAs will not be required to meet Sodium Target 2. Rather, SFAs that meet Sodium Target 1 will be considered compliant.
- The USDA will begin the regulatory process to allow SFAs to serve one percent flavored milk.
Updates and Announcements
Office of School Nutrition - Nutrition Consultant, part-time position available.
- Visit the Colorado Department of Education - Job Openings and Employment Application webpage
- Nutrition Consultant Job Description
- Apply by Thursday, May 25, 2017
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Released
- Application for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program have been released for school year 2017-2018.
- Visit the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program webpage for more information and to apply.
- Application deadline: Thursday, June 22, 2017.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the “Verification Response Rate Challenge” for school food authorities and state agency staff to exchange ideas on how to increase household response in the annual verification process. Share your verification success stories or solutions and/or build on others’ submissions, with constructive feedback and suggestions, at Challenge.Gov by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Vote for your favorite solution between June 16-22, 2017.
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