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Office of School Nutrition

Our Mission

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.

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Programs and Program Administration


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. 
  • 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.

View the USDA Commitment to School Meals Proclamation and the USDA Press Release

For additional information contact Jon Padia.

Updates and Announcements

Office of School Nutrition - I Love My Job

Office of School Nutrition - Nutrition Consultant, part-time position available. 

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Released


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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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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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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