The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally funded meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day.
In order to participate in the National School Lunch, National School Breakfast, or Afterschool Snack program, schools will need to be under a School Food Authority (SFA). Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) School Food Authority can help you accomplish this goal.
CSI is also excited to announce that our schools under CSI will be participating in Healthy School Meals of All program for the school year 2023-2024. The Healthy School Meals for All program allows our schools to provide free meals to all students regardless of eligibility/income status.
- Federal Funding. Receive Federal Funding based upon the number of meals you serve. With CSI SFA, your school keeps its federal reimbursement for the meals served to your students.
- Autonomy. Autonomy in menu planning and operations. With the CSI SFA, your school can choose which service model you would like to use and how you would like to operate your kitchen.
- Cost Effective. With the CSI SFA, we keep the costs down. CSI charges a small fee of $0.12 per student breakfast, $0.20 per student lunch, and $0.07 per snack to help run your Nutrition program. For schools that are non-CSI schools we do charge an annnual administrative overhead fee of $5,500.
- Grant opportunities. CSI SFA will notify you of any grant opportunities and assist you in applying for the numerous grant opportunities available to help fund your program.
- Extensive support. CSI SFA oversees processing of meal applications including meal application verification, reviews/submit claims for reimbursement, provides school nutrition staff training, assist with problems related to foodservice operations, ensures compliance with NSLP regulations, stays up to date on opportunities for schools to take advantage of, and provides guidance on school set up/maintain foodservice operations compliant with NSLP regulations.
- Titan and LINQ Nutrition software. With the CSI SFA, parents will have access to our user-friendly Parent LINQ Portal. This portal allows parents to see school menus (including food allergens), manage their child’s account, and apply for meal benefits right from the comfort of their home computer or cell phone. CSI SFA also provides technical support with schools and families.
- Unparalleled School Nutrition Experience. With the CSI SFA, school nutrition staff receive the training to help with processing meal applications, running direct certification for students throughout the year, completing school applications, processing claims, and understanding the regulations that must be followed to run a compliant food program. Our CSI School Nutrition Program Manager and our School Nutrition specialist are Registered Dietitians with over 20 years of combined experience working in the field of nutrition.
Resources by Topic
- Breakfast Meal Pattern [pdf]
- Exhibit A: School Lunch and Breakfast [pdf]
- Fruits and Vegetables Guide to Crediting [pdf]
- Grains Guide to Crediting [pdf]
- Lunch Meal Pattern
- Acceptable Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements [pdf]
- Meat/Meat Alternate Guide to Crediting [pdf]
- USDA Food Buying Guide
Special Dietary Needs
- Accommodating Children with Disabilities [pdf]
- Discontinuation of Site Meal Modifications – English [doc] | Spanish [doc]
- Medical Statement for Meal Modification – English [doc] | Spanish [doc]
- Special Dietary Needs Documentation Flowchart [pdf]
- Dietary Preference Form for Meal Modification – English [doc] | Spanish [doc]
- Letter to Parents – English [doc] | Spanish [doc]
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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