Jeffco Fair and Festival August 10-13 – Come see Jeffco Eats at H-37 Hub Zone

Jeffco Eats is happy to announce we will be an exhibitor at Jeffco Fair and Festival Thursday evening August 10 5:00 to 10:00 pm and Friday 12:00 to 10:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 to 10:00 pm and Sunday August 13 from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.

Look for us in the Hub zone is space H-37.  We will be having a raffle wheel and giving big and small prizes.  We are partnering with Jovial Concepts, Seeds for Change and Uproot Colorado. We will be having fun crafts like making a seed bomb and telling stories.

Come and learn about gardening, gleaning, and how to get involved helping the hungry kids at Jeffco Title One schools.

Prizes will be a night’s stay in Hotel Crawford downtown, haircuts, race tickets etc. We will advise winners on August 14 about their prizes.  We will have small prizes for children who spin the wheel.

The fair is so much fun and is a great new tradition in Jefferson County. My favorite is the sheep wrangling by the little ones.  The rodeo is first class and they even have wresting events.

Email us at or check our facebook page at Jeffco Eats or our website for more updates on this event and other ways to get involved. Together we can help children in Jeffco thrive and we will not give up until all are no longer hungry.

Barbara B Moore, President.




Golden City Brewery Fundraiser August 5

Join in the fun of being community together and at same time making a huge difference in the lives of those silently suffering all around us.  Golden City Brewery has agreed to donate ten percent of proceeds on August 5 to Jeffco Eats Fall Campaign.  

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We will have a table where you can stop by and learn more about how to get involved and the clear mission of reducing hunger in seven to twelve Title One schools.  We  have a three stage plan to ramp up to target the over 8,000 students in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Arvada we are serving.  Come join us and tell your friends to stop by.  Your support means the world to US but most of all to them ! 

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Jeffco Fair Exhibit booth – come volunteer at our fair booth

Please sign up for Jeffco Eats – Jeffco Fair Exhibit Booth!  

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
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3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Facts about SFSP – Summer Food Service Program – USDA and Dept of Ed

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children continue to
receive nutritious meals during the summer, when they do not have access to
school lunch or breakfast. The Summer Food Service Program began in 1968 and
provides nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out.”
The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). The Colorado Department
of Education (CDE) Office of School Nutrition (OSN) approves sponsor
applications, conducts training, monitors program operations and processes
program payments.
Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service
program. Sponsors must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and
administratively, for running the program. Sponsors of sites must:
 not be seriously deficient
 serve low income children
 conduct a nonprofit food service
 exercise management control over sites
All children 18 years of age and under who go to an approved site may receive
free meals.
A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as
determined by a state or local educational agency) and participates during the
school year in a public or private non-profit school program may also receive free
A site is the physical location, approved by the Office of School Nutrition, where SFSP meal(s) are served during a
supervised time period. The three types of sites are:
What types of organizations
are eligible to sponsor the
 Public or private non-profit
 Units of local, municipal,
county, state or federal
 Private non-profit
 Public or private non-profit
residential camps
 Public or private non-profit
universities or colleges
participating in the National
Youth Sports Program
 Community and faith based

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Sponsors may choose from several methods of providing meals, including to:
 prepare and assemble their own meals
 obtain meals from a school food authority
 obtain meals from a vendor
Open or closed enrolled sites can serve up to two meals; lunch and either breakfast or snack, every day. Camps may
serve up to three meals per day (any combination of breakfast, lunch, supper or snack).
Sponsor reimbursements are based on the number of reimbursable meals served, multiplied by the federal rate of
reimbursement, which is determined annually.
At open or closed enrolled sites, reimbursement may be claimed for all meals served that meet SFSP guidelines.
Sponsors offering the program at camp sites may claim reimbursement only for the program meals served to enrolled
children who meet the program’s income eligibility standards.
All sponsors must complete the Office of School Nutrtion annual training. All new sponsors must attend the in-person
training and returning sponsors, in good standing, have the option to complete the online training. Once sponsor
training is complete, the organization applies via an online application.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
OPEN At least 50 percent of children in the area are eligible
for free or reduced price school meals (area eligible).
 School data
 Census data
At least 50 percent of the children enrolled in the
program are eligible for free or reduced price school
meals or the site is area eligible.
 School data
 Census data
 Income eligibility forms
CAMP A residential or non-residential day camp program
which offers a regularly scheduled food service as part
of an organized program for enrolled children.
 Income eligibility forms
 List of income eligible children provided by
the school district
 To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program visit:
 To view all CDE fact sheets, visit:

Jefferson County Title One Schools

Title 1

Title I, Part A, provides resources to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to get a quality education, resulting in their attainment of high academic standards.

Title I targets resources to districts and schools whose needs are the greatest. The program is the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education, and allocates its resources based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts.

Title I focuses on: (1) promoting school-wide reform in high-poverty schools and (2) ensuring students’ access to scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.



There are two types of Title I Schools. Schools can be designated as either Schoolwide or Targeted Assistance, depending on their qualifications. Read More.


A digital learning environment equips our teachers and students with the tools that are required to meet the needs of the modern and global society. Title I’s objective is to provide the framework for a blended digital approach to innovative teaching and learning.



The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. Most of the law involves federal money for Title I services to children and schools experiencing poverty. Title I schools must accomplish the following:

  • Meet State’s objective in area of academic growth established every year by the state.
  • Participate in instruction of state standards and CMAS testing.
  • Have 100% of their teachers and instructional paraprofessionals identified as highly qualified.
  • Provide a choice of attendance at a higher performing school if they are not making states academic growth targets and are in need of improvement for more than two consecutive years.
  • Offer free private tutoring opportunities from state approved vendors for students who qualify if they have not met state academic growth targets for two or more consecutive years.
  • Inform parents of their right to know the qualifications of their child’s teacher or long-term substitute teacher.

More information about the Every Student Succeeds Act can be found at the U.S. Department of Education website or on the Colorado Department of Education State Plan Development website. The CDE website also includes information about committee work, meetings, and more. You can also sign up to receive updates on the ESSA state plan development process.

TITLE I Family Engagement


The Title I Department provides several documents to help parents understand what Title I is and what their rights are:




(April 2015) Parents are thrilled when they find out they can make a difference in their children’s success; research shows that parent-child activities make the biggest difference of all. Parents have learning activities to help their children build skills in reading, math, science, and social studies plus ideas to develop positive character traits and improve study skills.

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Linda Reyes-Quinonez
Title I Director

Carrie Maffoni
Title I Assistant Director

Heather Pyeatt
Title I Secretary

Central Title I Main Line: 303-982-0835

National School Lunch act of 1946


President Harry Truman signed into law the National School Lunch Act in 1946, in part as a way to provide meals to low-income students.

In 1966, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” the federal government began funneling extra money into school districts with high concentrations of poverty, as a way to blunt its effects.

Along the way, the federal government began using this nutrition program as a stand-in for gauging how many poor or low-income students a school has. Researchers and state education departments soon began using this “F&R” data, too, says Baker.

Of course, the U.S. Census Bureau measures actual poverty. But it’s difficult for researchers to use that data because census tracts don’t align with school-district boundaries or attendance zones for individual schools.The baggage we carry.

A ‘Blunt Tool’  

Factoring poverty into education policy, no matter how it’s done, is important. Baker says it’s a strong predictor of how well children will do in school. But poverty isn’t the only relevant measure. Among other key factors: education levels of parents, their occupation, and immigration status.

But absent reliable, easily obtained data on these alternatives, F&R in eduspeak serves as the de facto measure of the degree to which students are at risk  and the basis for making important decisions.

For instance, states that use accountability formulas to evaluate teachers, and sometimes to give bonuses to them, often factor into those calculations the proportion of F&R students they have.

Baker believes lunch-program data is a “blunt tool,” but also that it does work on a large scale to understand a district or a school’s needs.

Others are seeking a better tool.

Matthew Cohen works at the Ohio Department of Education and heads a working group looking to find alternatives. He says F&R data isn’t bad at an aggregate level, but that it has some shortcomings.

First, he says, not all those who meet the poverty guidelines actually apply for the lunch program. Others who don’t qualify game the system.

“When we scratch the surface, there might be trivial distortions [to the data] or there may be very important distortions,” says Cohen. He hopes to release findings on potential alternatives to F&R this summer.

Here’s another complication: A recent federal program allows a school to provide free lunch to all of its students even if they don’t qualify. It’s called the Community Eligibility Provision, and its designed to help districts reduce paperwork.

It allows schools where at least 40 percent of families qualify for food stamps or other assistance to also provide free and reduced-priced lunch for all students. For researchers, that means a school that would normally count as 70 percent F&R, now shows up as 100 percent.

If Not F&R, Then What?

Cohen won’t say yet what alternatives he may offer, but getting finer-grained data isn’t easy. Parents, he notes, may not want to offer additional information. And even if they’re willing, school districts would need new systems for collecting and maintaining data.

Baker has one suggestion that could improve how schools use existing F&R numbers. He separates student groups into two categories: those that receive free lunch, and those that receive reduced-price lunch.

The difference? As noted above, the threshold for a lower-priced lunch is 185 percent of the poverty level, while for a free lunch, it’s 130 percent.

When Baker accounts for these differences, he can see that students “on the higher end of low-income” perform better than those at the lower end. Accordingly, he says it could be possible to target more specific resources to schools the more we knew about a school’s at-risk population.

In the meantime, he says, people should recognize that free and reduced-price lunch is a helpful, but limited, metric. “It ain’t great, but it’s what we’ve got, and it is predictive of what we want to know about student outcomes.”

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