THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. The Child Nutrition Program continues to work diligently to provide meals to our HCS community. We want everyone to know that despite the current situation and the unique challenges that we face, our staff members are truly dedicated and committed to assisting our community. As Fall begins we look to hurdle any unforeseen issues that could impede our operations. Please take care of yourself and each other during these trying times! - H.Ward

ALL STUDENTS CAN NOW RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS

THE FIRST WEEK OF THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR

CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

MRS. BELINDA PHILLIPS, CNP WORKER AT GOLDSMITH-SCHIFFMAN ELEM.

Mrs. Belinda Phillips has been with Huntsville City Schools for 15 years. She is originally from Huntsville and she is married to Donald Phillips. Belinda has five children named Cyndi Durrance, Kaye James, Kelly Close, Brandy Scaremongering, and Shane Phillips. She also has four grandchildren named Anilee, Aaralyn, River, and Kamryn. Belinda describes herself as being quiet and laid back. She has only resided in Huntsville and she is formerly an Assistant Manager at Party City prior to working at Huntsville City Schools. The things that she loves about her job include interaction with students, faculty, and staff members.


When Belinda is not working, she spends time with the grandkids, Family and attends church. She feels that in CNP she is motivated by seeing the smiles on the children's faces when we serve them during meal service. She also likes that the time that the job allows her to spend time with her family. Belinda does not have any pets and her favorite food is Mexican. Belinda expresses that she is a very good singer and she loves all genres of music. Her co-workers may not know that she sings in her church choirs. The thing that keeps her working in child nutrition is serving the smiling faces of our students.


If Belinda were not working in Child Nutrition, then she would have a job in retail. She thinks CNP is important because we offer meals to students who may not receive a nutritious meal each day. Belinda’s favorite team is the Alabama Crimson Tide. To Belinda, CNP means that we get the opportunity to provide meals to students each day. She says that one day she will retire and be happy. She also states that she plans to continue to work in the next five years. Belinda defines success as being happy and content.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • USDA Publishes SFSP Reimbursement Waiver and Q&A on SFSP/SSO

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released two documents:



  • Clarification on NSLP/SBP Meal Pattern Rules for SY 2020-21
  • SNA continues to receive inquiries regarding meal pattern requirements for school meal programs operating the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs (NSLP/SBP). In April 2020, a federal district court ruling struck down USDA’s 2018 final rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements. The ruling eliminated NSLP/SBP meal pattern flexibilities, reverting back to the 2012 meal patterns for grades K-12, which required flavored milk to be fat-free; all grains to be whole-grain rich; and school lunches and breakfasts to meet sodium Target 2.
  • However, USDA’s COVID–19: Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs waived for all states the requirement to serve meals that meet the meal patterns during the school year 2020-21. USDA is allowing school meal programs to use this meal pattern flexibility if they cannot meet the 2012 meal pattern requirements. In the August 21, 2020, FNS document, Questions and Answers for the Child Nutrition Programs during School Year 2020-2021 – #5, FNS addresses the issue on pages 5 and 6. School nutrition professionals operating NSLP/SBP should contact their State Agencies for more information on the waiver process.

BIRTHDAYS

Nekarla Steel 9/1

Michelle Hill 9/2

Wynona Beshears 9/4

Michelle Bunnell 9/7

Ebony Lewis 9/14

Latoya Jennings 9/17

Letisha King 9/22

Ingrid Lawler 9/28

SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES

Sammie Johnson 22 years

Pam Majors 19 years

Lamanda Thompson 18 years

Dernia McComb 17 years

Wonda Miles 17 years

Belinda Phillips 15 years

Donna Muhammad 8 years

Sheila Shockley 3 years

Mirtha Petty 3 years