Maximizing Child Nutrition Workgroup 5

The Blueprint focus on Goal 5  was to make Colorado a national leader in the delivery of child nutrition programs so all our children can grow without the impacts of food insecurity. This work group will focus on strategies outlined in the Blueprint to support this goal.


June 27, 2019 Meeting Summary

The workgroup meeting was centered around a site visit this month. The workgroup met at Wittier Elementary School, one of the Denver Public Schools summer food site.  The group sat and ate with the kids, discussing with them the programs they were attending and the meals. After lunch the group moved to a classroom to discuss the meal, the challenges of summer food programs and for a debrief on the Colorado School Nutrition Association Conference. Danielle was very pleased to report she had gotten most of the state’s food banks, and a number of school districts to sit down together to talk about summer food programs. There were a lot of misconceptions between the two groups, and airing those out, and talking about areas where they might provide cross support has provided a great opportunity for possible new collaboration.


May 23, 2019 Meeting Summary

Workgroup 5 began with updates focused on the Summer Food Program yard sign purchase which was approved by the Governing Council. 750 yard signs were purchased to advertise the Summer Food Program and help people statewide find locations near them. These are being distributed at Trailhead Institute, the CO School Nutrition Association Conference, via Colorado Department of Education (CDE) site visits, and by mail. In addition, it was announced that the Governor would be declaring June Summer Meals for Kids and Teens Awareness Month.

Discussion of next steps for the workgroup centered on two issues. The first was next steps for the summer meals program. This focused on a discussion of activities that could be planned in conjunction with summer meals sites, and on the June meeting being a field trip to a summer meals site.

The meeting then moved on to planning for school meals. Hunger Free Colorado talked about their work with CDE, they did a survey to see what outreach and promotion of the free and reduced lunch program was already being done and how to structure a statewide campaign to encourage enrollment. Denver Public Schools spoke about their work with Live Well Colorado in promoting their lunch program overall and the free and reduced lunch program in particular. Several ideas were floated about how to promote these programs and it was agreed that collaboration with Workgroup 1 was a logical next step.


April 25, 2019 Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 5 received updates on work in the child nutrition area being carried out by workgroup partners.

The current priority area for the workgroup is promotion of summer meals, which will kick off immediately. The workgroup moved forward a request to the governing council for funding support for printing and distribution of yard signs to support promoting the summer meals program. The workgroup will also continue to identify ways to support summer meals outreach going forward.

The full meeting notes as well as all presentations and information are available below:


March 28, 2019 Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 5 received updates on workgroup and governing council work. The workgroup received a presentation on resources available from the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry around their efforts on summer food access.

Other efforts in the meeting included:

  • Roundtable sharing of organizational alignment with existing efforts and Blueprint child nutrition goals.

  • Overview of existing resources to market summer meals and other supports through CDE that can help with expanding sites and increasing site use.

  • Small group brainstorming around additional efforts to increase summer meal awareness and uptake.

The full meeting notes as well as all presentations and information are available below:


FEB. 28, 2019 Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 5 received updates on workgroup and governing council work. The workgroup selected its chair. Additionally, the workgroup received presentations on key efforts happening statewide as context for their work and prioritization.

  • Colorado Health Foundation Update

  • Colorado Department of Education Planning Work and Initial Results

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Overview and Reach

  • Summer Meals Best Practices and Summer 2019

  • Lunch Lizard Mesa County

The full meeting notes as well as all presentations and information are available below:


January 24, 2019 Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 5 began its meeting by receiving updates on hunger-related work including the impact of the protracted federal government shutdown on individuals who need supports to assist in accessing nutritious foods. Additionally, the group was updated on the recently launched search for an implementation director for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger. The workgroup reviewed leadership structures and will be electing workgroup leaders – either a chair or co-chairs – at its February 2019 meeting. The workgroup focused its work on one of the selected priority areas: “Increase capacity, collaboration and coordination of agencies, organizations and schools to ensure full-year access to healthy foods for children both in and out of school and child care settings.” Key goals identified by the group included:

Streamlining processes

  • Providing culturally sensitive, quality nutrition

  • Increasing outreach and awareness

  • Engage youth voices to find ways to reduce stigma and fear, especially among immigrant communities

  • Increasing agency participation/collaboration in various programs

  • Increasing reimbursements and providing adequate meals across all 12 months

  • Post-survey reflection that captures significant changes

  • Increasing access to programs in high-need areas where there are gaps in programs

Meeting documents:


Dec. 7, 2018 Kickoff Meeting Summary

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Work Group 5 launched its work in support of Blueprint goal to “maximize participation in Federal Child Nutrition programs, moving Colorado to become a national leader in delivery of these vital programs“. Initial work group efforts centered around establishing meeting and group norms, expanding group understanding of new and ongoing programs in the space and determining any initial areas of alignment for next steps. A full list of work group meeting notes, as well as all documents shared in the meeting, are available on the Blueprint website archived under the Governance and Work Groups pages.

During the meeting, work group members were updated on early Blueprint successes including the increase of the SNAP enrollment threshold from 130 percent of FPL to 200 percent of FPL. Group members also provide updates on new projects and programs their organizations are working on in the space. The work group identified two initial priority areas for its work as:

  • Maximize participation, innovation and effectiveness in school-based child nutrition programs by providing technical assistance and support to all school districts

  •  Increase capacity, collaboration and coordination of agencies, organizations and schools to ensure full-year access to healthy foods for children both in and out of school and child care settings

Next steps will include work group members establishing a dedicated time and date for group meetings in 2019.