THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER JUNE 2022
Currently the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) once again is proving to be a great sucess. The participation from our Huntsville City School community has been very special as always. We want to thank all of you for taking advantage of our program as it assists with the nutritional needs of young children throughout Huntsville. We only have a couple weeks of operating this program left and we will offer meals up until July 14, 2022.
We want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July. Also, please be mindful of the high temperatures if you are planning to be outdoors and please remember to stay hydrated.
- H. Ward
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The Summer Food Service Program 2022
DID YOU KNOW?
- Meals Served: During the 2021 - 2022 school year, the Huntsville City Schools Child Nutrition Program served over 4.2 million school meals. That includes:
- 1,537,883 Breakfasts
- 2,047,054 Lunches
- 47,561 suppers and
- 606,538 snacks
- Break for a Plate is a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) created to ensure all Alabama children can continue to receive nutritious meals throughout their time away from school. A federally-funded, state-administered program, it reimburses providers who serve free, healthy meals to children and teens aged 18 and younger when school is not in session. While many receive free and reduced meals during the school year, children need healthy food all year long.
- Analysis: Summer meal participation could decline
Summer meal participation nearly tripled in July 2020 under federal school meal waivers enacted due to the pandemic, according to an analysis by the nonprofit No Kid Hungry, but it could decline by 95 million meals this July -- after the USDA waivers are set to expire. Beth Wallace, president of the School Nutrition Association and executive director of food and nutrition for Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado, said the expiration of these waivers will also be difficult for school nutrition programs as supply chain disruptions will continue to make meeting USDA requirements difficult, because the waivers allowed flexibility for what foods could be served.
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How to keep cool, healthy all summer long
by Dr. Nestor Rodriguez
WRMC Emergency Medicine Physician
Jun 24, 2022
School’s out and that means one thing, summer is officially here. As the days grow
longer and brighter, many of us will be taking full advantage of summer, whether its
enjoying backyard barbeques, lazy days by the pool or even the occasional fireworks
display. No matter how one chooses to enjoy summer, it’s important to stay alert and
protect themself and their family from potential threats to health and safety.
Topping the list of summertime hazards are extreme heat and drowning. The good
news is heat-related illness and water dangers can be easily prevented.
Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. and overexposure
can be especially dangerous for children, seniors, those with preexisting illnesses and
patients on certain types of prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. There are
three major types of heat-related health conditions you should be familiar with:
• Heat cramps typically occur in the stomach, arms and legs, and are the result of
losing too much water and salt. They’re often the first sign of a heat-related illness and
can lead to more serious conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
• Heat exhaustion occurs when your body loses too much water and salt, and can’t
cool itself. It typically presents as a combination of many symptoms, including
headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, heavy sweating, elevated
body temperatures, decreased urine output and skin that appears cool, moist, pale,
ashen or flushed. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.
• Heat stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the body has lost excessive
amounts of water and salt, and is completely overwhelmed by heat. Characterized by
dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, confusion, agitation,
hallucinations and an altered mental state, a heat stroke requires immediate medical
attention, as it can lead to organ failure and death. Placing ice packs in the patient’s
armpits and groin area can help with cooling while being transported to medical care.
•Be aware of temperature and humidity levels in the area and avoid going outdoors for
activities or exercise in extreme heat.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, regardless of how active you are (and
remember to keep your pets hydrated too!). Sports drinks can also be helpful to
replace salts and provide some sugar.
• Always use an SPF-15 or higher sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B
rays, applying 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapplying accordingly.
• Never leave infants, children or animals in cars unattended, even if the windows are
• Take frequent breaks when enjoying the outdoors, especially if one is not
accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment.
• Break out your favorite lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
• Take advantage of cooler areas (even when outside), and when the temperature rises
above 90 degrees, consider switching to an indoor activity.
• Stay mindful of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and know how to
For more detailed information about heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and how
to respond, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html.
Nothing feels better than a dip in the water in summer, but it’s important to keep your
safety in mind at all times. Every year in the U.S. there is an estimated average of 11
drowning deaths per day and an estimated average of 22 non-fatal drownings per day.
Drowning can happen in seconds and is often silent. And even non-fatal drowning can
result in very serious injuries, permanent disabilities and long-term health problems.
Like heat-related illness, drowning can be prevented.
Be it poolside, lakeside or
beachside, the tips listed below are key to ensuring a fun, safe summer for all:
• Only swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
• Always swim with a buddy, especially if you have a seizure disorder or other medical
condition that increases your risk of drowning.
• Never dive in the shallow end of a pool.
• Designate a responsible adult to supervise children closely and constantly when they
are in or near water (including bathtubs).
• Make sure young children and inexperienced swimmers always wear U.S. Coast
Guard-approved life jackets around natural water and swimming pools.
• Always be cautious around natural bodies of water, which can contain hidden
hazards like dangerous currents, underwater objects and limited visibility.
• Always wear a life jacket when boating – most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
• Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, and other water
activities, and while you’re supervising children.
• Don’t hyperventilate or hold your breath for long periods of time in water – this can
result in “hypoxic blackout” or “shallow water blackout.”
For more information about drowning prevention and statistics about drowning in the
U.S., visit https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/ind
CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Mrs. Remithia Strickland, CNP Supervisor at James Dawson Elementary School
Mrs. Remithia Strickland has been employed with Huntsville City Schools for over 20 years. She originally started at Lincoln Elementary School as a baker, but then later ascended to the position of Child Nutrition Program Supervisor at West Mastin Lake Elementary which is now named James I. Dawson Elementary School. Remithia has been married for 20 years and she has five children. She also has six grandchildren that include five boys and one girl. Remithia feels that her grandchildren are truly a blessing in her life.
Remithia describes herself as a diligent worker who is a people person. She also says that she is a very observant individual who collaborates well with other people and encourages others. She was born in San Antonio, Texas but she has resided in Huntsville all her life.
Remithia states that when she is not working, she enjoys listening and relaxing to music. Before working at Huntsville City Schools, Remithia shares that she would engage in random jobs but here at Huntsville City Schools is where she found her passion for feeding children. She expresses that what she likes most about her job is serving and preparing the food for the Huntsville City School students.
Remithia tells us that she is motivated to excel in her role because it gives her purpose and that she is willing to serve young people. She explains that the highlight of her job is observing children grow from being in kindergarten to high school age. She also enjoys watching them excel and accomplish their goals. Remithia and her husband decided that they would not look to have any pets at this time. Her favorite foods are soups and Chicken Quesadillas.
Remithia states that she is exceptionally good at baking sweet potato pies. She says that her favorite music is R & B, Gospel, and worship songs. These types of songs make her feel good because it soothes her soul. She also feels that her coworkers know everything about her. Remithia reveals that she continues to work in Child Nutrition because the pandemic was so challenging to those people who were impacted. These individuals were in need of assistance and that included feeding the children in those families. Remithia also says that she was diagnosed with Covid-19 twice, but it did not impact her ability to continue to feed the children at her school site.
Remithia tells us that if she were not working in Child Nutrition, then she would be employed in a facility that caters to helping teenage girls. She explains that she loves to help and support young people. Her hobby is decorating. Remithia believes that Child Nutrition is important because there are countless numbers of children that go without food daily. She thanks God for the introduction of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act of 1946 and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. These pieces of legislation made it possible to prevent young people from going hungry. Remithia’s favorite sport is track and field and she is also fond of football where she roots for the Auburn Tigers.
Remithia defines success as setting your goals and accomplishing them. Part of Remithia's goals are to participate in the Child Nutrition Program. The success of that goal entails feeding and serving as many kids as possible in the Huntsville City Schools District. Achieving that task will be a job well done.
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