Hello All!

We hope our newsletter finds you well this fine day. The Child Nutrition Department at HCS is making very good inroads with building our staff since school started on August 4, 2021. We are committed to put forth the necessary effort to give our employees the support that they need in order to perform the various tasks and duties that are required on a daily basis. As we approach the end of the first nine weeks, we want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe Fall Break. Please take this opportunity to spend time with loved ones and participate in fun and exciting activities. I hope you have an awesome week!

- H. Ward

Inspirational Quote of the Month

“Keep Going Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
Roy T. Bennett



Positions available:

  • CNP Worker

  • CNP Supervisor
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To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Huntsville City Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 11-15, 2021. The fun and creative campaign theme, “WILD About School Lunch” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.

Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school.

National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at Huntsville City Schools. “School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said Huntsville City School Child nutrition Director Henry E. Ward. “Thanks to pandemic waivers, school meals are free for all students this school year, so it’s a great time to give school lunch a try. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the wonderful benefits of our lunch program.”

During NSLW Week we will be promoting the Child Nutrition Program which will include various activities at each school site that may include students identifying their favorite animals and Child Nutrition Program staff encouraging the conservation of wildlife and engaging in sustainable activities.

The federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for 75 years.

The “WILD About School Lunch” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW21, #WILDSchoolLunch and #SchoolLunch. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit

September Gardening To-Do List Monthly Chores for Each Region

September can be unpredictable in the north. Sometimes the weather is sunny and mild while other times the heat of the summer drags on or there's excessive rainfall. That unpredictability can be even worse in the South. You might still be plagued with excessive heat or in the path of a hurricane.

Find out what you should be doing in the garden in September, depending on where you live.

All Regions

Turn over your compost pile one last time.

Clean up your flower beds. Cut back perennials that are done blooming. And trim off any dead vegetation.

Take cuttings from plants you want to propagate.

Spray Japanese knotweed, a common garden weed, while it is blooming. The herbicide will have the most impact now.1


Hot weather will likely continue in September in the Mid-Atlantic, but there will be mild days, too.

Stop pruning and fertilizing, as you don't want to encourage new, tender growth just before cold weather arrives. But do continue watering plants, such as fall vegetables, that are still actively growing.

Start bringing in houseplants that you have kept outdoors during the summer. But first, inspect them for insects and other pests that you don't want to bring inside.


Although the Midwest still sees some hot weather in September, the trend is clearly to more moderate temperatures.

Plant a cover crop, which will help to avert soil erosion during the winter.2

In far northern regions, such as northern Michigan and Minnesota, plant spring bulbs.

Plant fall-flowering annuals, which you can find at nurseries at a deep discount at this time of year. They will only last until the first frost, but they provide great color for the fall garden.

Stop watering both evergreen and deciduous trees in late September. This will help them prepare for winter. Resume watering later in the fall after the deciduous trees have dropped their leaves.

Divide perennials as needed.

Dig and store tender bulbs, such as dahlias, cannas, and elephant ears.


September weather can vary in the Northeast, but overall it tends to be mild.

Plant a cover crop to avoid winter soil erosion.

In far northern regions, such as northern Maine, plant spring bulbs.

Stop watering evergreen and deciduous trees in late September, but resume watering after the trees have dropped their leaves.

Divide perennials as needed.

Dig and store tender bulbs.

Plant fall-flowering annuals.

Harvest fall fruits and vegetables prior to the first predicted frost (which usually happens this month or the next). It's also a good idea to harvest ornamental gourds and pumpkins before a frost because they can suffer some discoloration from frost. A light frost won't hurt winter squash fruits, but it will kill the leaves; once the leaves die it's time to harvest because growth will stop.

Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest usually offers moderate temperatures in September with some rainfall.

Plant shrubs and trees.

Order spring bulbs.

Weed your garden beds to prepare them for winter.

Pacific Coast

September weather in Northern California is moderate while Southern California weather is still warm with very little rainfall.

In Northern California:

Keep harvesting summer fruits and vegetables.

Start your fall/winter garden. Direct sow the seeds for beets, carrots, and radishes.

Water fruit trees deeply, and clean up any fallen fruit as part of your pest control efforts.

In Southern California:

It is time for the fall vegetable garden. Start seeds of heat lovers, such as tomatoes and peppers.

Direct sow the seeds for lettuce, collard greens, onions, peas, beans, and broccoli.

Sow the seeds for cool-season annuals.

Harvest fruits and vegetables as they ripen.


In the desert, temperatures start to moderate in September. But some areas might still see triple-digit temperatures with hardly any rain.

Pick fruits and vegetables as they ripen.

Plant new cacti.

Practice whitefly control on plants, such as lantana. If you spot any whiteflies on the undersides of the leaves, immediately spray with neem oil.


The weather can start to become a bit more moderate in September in parts of the Southeast with some rainy days.

Start your fall vegetable garden.

Plant cool-season annuals.

Pick ripe fruits and vegetables.


Updated on 08/02/21


    Since the start of the After School Tutoring program at all 26 Huntsville City School elementary schools, the Child Nutrition Program has served over 54,850 snacks this school year to those participants.

    SNA highlights supply chain challenges

    The School Nutrition Association anticipates national supply chain shortages affecting school menus will not be easily resolved due to several factors such as manufacturing costs and labor shortages, according to SNA President Beth Wallace. "This is a nationwide supply chain struggle that we're going through right now, and it affects all parts of the country in different ways."

    Full Story: KMGH-TV (Denver) (9/23)

    Federal bill could expand free school meal access

    The proposed federal Build Back Better Act would lower the threshold for providing free school meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. The legislation has momentum in Congress, and Ivy Smith Morgan, associate director of P-12 analytics at the Education Trust, says schools should consider adopting more nuanced ways to measure student poverty than eligibility for subsidized meals.

    Full Story: Education Week (9/23)


    Mrs. Lamanda Thompson Holloway, CNP Worker Huntsville Junior High

    Mrs. Lamanda Marie Thompson Holloway has been with the Huntsville City Schools Child Nutrition Program for 20 years. She is originally from Harvest, Alabama. She is married with two children and their names are Natasha Cartwright and Wesley Cartwright. Lamanda also has two grandchildren named Tracy and Sammi Alexander. She describes herself as a person who is very outgoing, and some would say that she is also very outspoken. She states that she puts her family and God before anyone and anything.

    Lamanda also says that she loves to help people. Before she was employed at Huntsville City Schools, Lamanda says that she was involved in patient care, doing catering, and working at Hardee's. She expresses that the thing that she loves most about her job is the people that she works with and the students. Lamanda states that she loves working to help people in any way that she knows how. She also loves to make a difference in the world even if it is considered in a small way. She also says that she loves to see the kids happy and feel good about themselves and that they can do anything if they set their minds to it.

    When Lamanda is not working she tells us that she likes to hang out with family and friends at home and watching a good TV show. She mentions that she is motivated to do her job by her family and friends and to do what her heart wants to do which is to help anyone. Lamanda feels that the highlight of her career is being known as a good person and that she will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

    Her favorite food is soul food, Firehouse subs, and strawberry cake. Lamanda also likes to listen to old-school music. R&B, and Gospel. She loves to work with people because you can build a relationship and meet new people. She also likes to work with the elderly and individuals who may be mentally challenged. She believes that she is very good at listening and helping others.

    Lamanda declares that she aspires to open a home for children one day and she feels that she can make a difference in a child’s life which she has done before. She also lets us know that in her 20 years of working in Child Nutrition that she is grateful, and she loves to see the kids that she has fed and served over time grow up. Those children also remember her and they tell her they love her as she has made a difference in their lives which makes it all worth it to her.

    If Lamanda were not working in Child Nutrition then she voices that she would be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and her hobbies include taking care of people, reading, playing games on her phone. Lamanda shares that Child Nutrition is important because it provides needed nutrients to the children in our community. Her favorite sport is football where she roots for the Auburn Tigers. She also thinks that participating in the Child Nutrition program means helping the children who reside in our community. Lamanda hopes to one day become a social worker and in the next five years, she plans to have her own catering business and be her own boss. Lastly, Lamanda defines success as being able to accomplish your goals and dreams in life.

    Welcome New HCS CNP Staff Members!!

    Sathi Banerjee

    Bussapha Buchanan

    Kenya Jackson

    Shanda Milton

    Jasmine Richburg

    Natalie Strickland

    Jonneikque Rose

    Caitlin Waldman

    Special Recognition

    The following school sites received a Health score of 100 from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

    • Hampton Cove - Latonya Williams, CNP Supervisor
    • Jemison/McNair - Christy Gunter, CNP Supervisor
    • Monte Sano - Pam Majors, CNP Supervisor
    • Blossomwood - Sheila Shockley, CNP Supervisor
    • Huntsville Junior High - Janet Sharp, CNP Supervisor
    • Jones Valley - Paula Elkins, CNP Supervisor
    • Goldsmith Schiffman - Jackie Pruitt, CNP Supervisor




    Nekarla Steele 9/1

    Michelle Hill 9/2

    Sylvia Townsend 9/3

    Wynona Beshears 9/4

    Michelle Bunnell 9/7

    Nely Fomby 9/9

    Ebony Lewis 9/14

    Latoya Jennings 9/17

    Ingrid Lawler 9/28


    Debbie Casteel 33 years

    Sammie Johnson 23 years

    Pam Majors 20 years

    Lamanda Thompson 19 years

    Dernia McComb 18 years

    Wonda Miles 18 years

    Belinda Phillips 16 years

    Donna Muhammad 9 years

    Sheila Shockley 4 years

    Mirtha Petty 4 years