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Communications and Special Initiatives


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Talking with your Administration 

Meet with school administration, including superintendents and principals, to discuss this year’s successes and challenges and to identify areas of improvement for next year. Coordinate meetings in advance to ensure a successful and timely meeting.

For questions, contact Kristi Rolfsen at rolfsen_k@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-5985.


Statewide effort to eliminate food insecurity!

The School Nutrition Unit serves as a key partner in addressing Goal 5 for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger. For more information about Goal 5, including meeting notes and strategies, please visit Maximizing Child Nutrition Workgroup 5

In collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Evaluation Unit, School Nutrition is conducting a statewide needs assessment geared towards all sponsors operating Child Nutrition Programs including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program and/or the Summer Food Service Program. This will be used to inform a cohesive implementation plan aimed at increasing student participation in and access to these important programs.

Your feedback is critical to ensuring Colorado's Child Nutrition Programs reach all of our students and families, and we thank you in advance for your continued willingness to provide insight and feedback as we work towards the creation of appropriate training and resources. If you would like more information about this effort, please reach out to Gabriella Warner, Blueprint Project Manager via email or at 720-827-5144.


Colorado School Nutrition Association (CSNA): Share Your Stories, Big and Small Campaign

Do you have an inspiring story to share about the nutrition program in your school district? Submit your story to the “Share Your Stories” Campaign with CSNA. The most compelling and inspirational story will win a FREE CSNA summer conference registration. Nutrition programs in school districts across Colorado have a tremendous opportunity to learn from one another and enhance their own programs based on the stories, practices and experiences of other districts.

CSNA is asking for your stories that surround the following topics:

  • Inspiring Students - how have some of your staff inspired students?
  • Inspiring Staff - how has your staff member/kitchen manager/supervisor/director inspired you?
  • Inspiring Innovations - what types of innovations are present in your kitchen (school gardens, farm to school programs, student engagement, grab and go programs, etc.)

CSNA will publish these stories throughout the year so that nutrition programs in ALL school districts in Colorado may benefit, learn and inspire one another. CSNA will nominate the most inspiring stories in each of the three categories listed above and ultimately award one district a “CSNA: Share Your Story” award for sharing the most compelling and inspirational story. The awardee will be eligible for a FREE summer conference registration.

Please submit your stories today. You never know how your story will inspire others.


Retirement Certificates

The CDE School Nutrition Unit provides certificates of appreciation for retiring food service employees. Please email Vivien Skrupskis and provide the following information to request a retirement certificate: employee name, position or title, years of service, district or school, date (month) to be displayed on certificate, and mailing address for certificate. Please plan ahead and allow a minimum of five days for mailing.

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