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School Nutrition Unit

Welcome to the School Nutrition Unit

Welcome to the School Nutrition Unit at the Colorado Department of Education.

Our mission is to support the child nutrition community in Colorado through innovation, training and partnerships to ensure all children and teens have access to healthy meals.

Child Nutrition Programs

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Apply to a specific program, submit a reimbursement claim, and get access to program tools and resources for all the child nutrition programs offered by the Colorado Department of Education.

Manage Program Operations

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There are a wide variety of resources available to help manage your program operations throughout the year. Learn where and how to source food, plan meals, manage program resources and more.

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Prepare for Program Reviews

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Administrative Reviews ensure program integrity and compliance, offer additional training and support, and acknowledge the positive efforts and innovative approaches to serving nutritious meals to children during the year. Start preparing for upcoming Administrative Reviews below.

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Program Training

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The School Nutrition Unit offers online, in-person and webinar training to increase school nutrition professionals' skills and knowledge in operating child nutrition programs. Learn more and sign up for upcoming trainings below.

Explore Trainings

Become a Sponsor

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Explore the 5 steps to becoming a sponsor in our New Sponsor Checklist.

Become a Sponsor

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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: 833-256-1655 or 202-690-7442; or
  • (3) email:

Download USDA Non-Discrimination Statement Translations here.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.