THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2022

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Season's Greetings!

We have made it to the end of another rewarding and special year. The Child Nutrition Program staff has endured several challenges this past year but despite it all, they continue to persevere and march forward. We look forward to 2023 with inspiration and a determination to continue to provide as many meals as possible to the students in our Huntsville City School community. We want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy holidays from all of us here at the HCS Child Nutrition Program. Please be safe and enjoy the season!


- H. Ward

Inspirational Quote of the Month

“The Joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” –W. C. Jones

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

CNP is NOW HIRING!!

Positions available:


  • CNP Worker

  • CNP Supervisor

To apply for a position with Huntsville City Schools, you must complete an online application with the Alabama State Department of Education. Just Click the Link below to start the process

Standard Application Login (searchsoft.net)

Moo Brew!

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Moo Brew is an Iced Coffee concept that we have introduced to all of the five Huntsville City School district High Schools. This gives our students an alternative to garnering the USDA dairy requirement at breakfast and offers an A La carte smart snack item at lunch time.

CNP staff Holiday Celebration 2022

DID YOU KNOW?

SNA: "Kinks in the supply chain at every level"

School nutrition professionals in several districts continue to report supply chain challenges that are affecting school menus, such as issues buying chicken nuggets, pre-made scrambled eggs, rice and pasta. "There are kinks in the supply chain at every level," said Diane Pratt-Heavner, director of media relations for the School Nutrition Association. "Manufacturers don't have all the raw ingredients and the labor that they typically require."

Full Story: Marketplace (12/16)


School nutrition pros report higher meal debt

The end of pandemic-era federal waivers that enabled universal school meals is contributing to higher unpaid meal debt in some school districts. School nutrition professionals say that some families fall just outside of the eligibility for meal assistance but still have difficulty affording full-price school meals.

Full Story: K-12 Dive (12/16)


RDN offers food trend predictions for 2023

Registered dietitian nutritionist Janet Helm predicts 2023's food trends will be influenced by consumers' desire for healthful, sustainable, budget-friendly and unique foods. "Unique global fare will be even bigger in 2023 as Americans seek to expand their palates with new foods and flavors from around the world," Helm says.

Full Story: U.S. News & World Report (12/13)

CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Mrs. Janet Sharp, CNP Supervisor at Huntsville Junior High School

Mrs. Janet Sharp has been employed in the Child Nutrition Program at Huntsville City schools for over 17 years. She is originally from Iowa, and she is married to Danny Sharp. She has two beautiful daughters named Cortney and Stephanie. Janet describes herself as a person who is caring, honest, hardworking, and motivated. Besides living in Huntsville, Janet has also resided in Nebraska and Iowa. Before working in Child Nutrition Janet was a food service manager with Pizza Hut.


Janet tells us that what she likes most about her job is the staff and students at Huntsville Junior High school. When she is not working Janet says that she likes to spend time with her family, reading, and hanging out with her friends. Janet explains that she is motivated to do her job because she knows that a child is getting a healthy meal and her staff is the best at what they do. Janet expresses that the highlight of her career is knowing that she may make a difference in a child’s life.


Janet has two pet dogs named Chloe and Reagan. Her favorite food to eat is salad and she states that she is very good at playing sports. Janet shares that her favorite music is from the eras of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Janet mentions that a lot of people may not know that she is from a town where the total population was only 250 people. Janet says that she continues to work in Child Nutrition because it allows her to help a child each day and, she gets to work with her employees.


Janet declares that if she were not working in the Child Nutrition Program, then she would be helping the elderly. Her hobbies include sewing, baking, and reading. Janet feels that Child Nutrition is important because it provides children with healthy meals. Janet’s favorite sport is softball, and she roots for the University of Iowa and the Alabama Crimson tide.


Janet says that to her Child Nutrition means that she gets to work with a quality team and serve the students at Huntsville Junior High. Janet hopes to one take a trip to Israel and in the next five years she plans to spend every moment with her mother who is currently 94 years old so they can create more memories. Janet defines success as staying true to oneself, being selfless, and helping and giving to those in need.

Employees of the Month

Martha Mangrum, CNP Worker at Challenger Elem./Middle School

"I would like to nominate Martha Mangrum for employee of the month for her dedication, I can always depend on her to step up when I am absent, she knows her job and does it well and I just want to show my appreciation for her hard work."


-Semyra Sallings, CNP Supervisor at Challenger Elem./Middle School

Gloria Fuller, CNP Supervisor at Grissom High School

"During the past 4 years as principal at Grissom, I have been impressed with Ms. Fuller’s work ethic and positive attitude. Her enthusiasm and genuine concern for the nutrition of our students far exceeds what is expected. Ms. Fuller has had to make significant changes during the past 3 school years to accommodate for the pandemic. Sometimes the procedures would change almost monthly. When others are frustrated, she encourages them and tells them that everything will be ok. Her flexibility within the workplace is phenomenal."


-Jeanne Greer, Principal at Grissom High School

BIRTHDAYS

Deanna McRae 12/5

Doris Matthews 12/5

Kitty Holt 12/18

Vertricia Burgess 12/19

Janet Sharp 12/19

Glenda Stone 12/24

Belinda Phillips 12/31

SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES

Paula Elkins 28 years

Glenda Stone 25 years

Angie Phillips 17 years

Gloria Fuller 9 years

Chanell Holt 9 years

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