For more information about the CSI School Food Authority, please contact Ilene Agustin at IleneAgustin@csi.state.co.us

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Updated CDC guidance for school nutrition professionals during COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  updated the guidance on What School Nutrition Professionals and Volunteers at School Need to Know about COVID-19. This guidance provides the latest information on how to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in school food service operations. It includes new language about how to incorporate self-service stations (i.e. salad bars) if allowed by state and local health departments. The School Nutrition School Year 21-22 FAQ  and back to school planning webpage has been updated with this information.

USDA Extends Summer Food Service Program flexibilities through June 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. These program flexibilities allow school nutrition sponsors to operate a meal service model that best meets their community’s unique needs, while keeping kids and staff safe. USDA is extending waivers through June 30, 2021, that:

  • Allow SFSP meals to be served in all areas and at no cost to families;
  • Permit meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times;
  • Waive meal pattern requirements, as necessary; and
  • Allow parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.

As a reminder, the back-to-school webpage and SFSP FAQs are the go-to resources for updated information about program operations during the 2020-21 school year. Any changes to the FAQs will be highlighted.

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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

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