THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020
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:
- Nationwide Waiver to “ Allow Reimbursement for Meals Served Prior to Notification of Approval and Provide Flexibility for Pre-approval Visits in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).” This waiver allows SFSP operators to forgo the requirement that reimbursements shall not be paid for meals served at a site before the sponsor has received written notification that the site has been approved for participation. This waiver expires on December 31, 2020.
- Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020. This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification to State Agencies and program operators on issues related to recently published waivers for SFSP and SSO during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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.
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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
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