THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Fall break. As the Fall season approaches and we begin five-day in-person learning this month, we look to execute the current plan of action and continue to provide meals to our young people. National School Lunch week 2020 was a success and we would like to thank the school site administrators for assisting CNP during our event. Please ensure that COVID-19 protocols are being taken into consideration and adhered to as we all work through the pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXTENDED THROUGH THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK 2020

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Free School Meals Extended Through SY 2020-21

The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress today for their work to extend all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through the end of the 2020/2021 school year. SNA members called for these vital extensions to ease the challenges of school meal service during the pandemic and ensure all hungry students can be nourished by school meals.


  • SNA Survey Reveals School Meal Programs’ Mounting Losses

On October 15, 2020, SNA published "Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs - Back to School 2020," the results of a survey of school nutrition directors in 1,614 school districts nationwide. The report highlights the severe financial toll that school meal programs have incurred as they adapt to safely meet the nutritional needs of students during the pandemic. SNA's survey found that 54% of responding school districts reported a financial loss in School Year (SY) 2019/20 and a harrowing 62% anticipate a loss this school year, with an additional 28% of respondents unsure of what to expect. Among the 844 school districts that reported their SY 2019/20 losses, the median loss was $150,000. However, districts with an enrollment of 25,000+ saw a median net loss of $2.3 million. Total combined losses exceeded $483.5 million


  • New Jersey Introduces Bill to Create a School Meal Fund

A 1632 requires school districts to establish a “School Meal Fund” to assist students with school meal bill in arrears.

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CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

MR. SAMMIE JOHNSON , CNP WORKER AT HUNTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Sammie Johnson has been with the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) at Huntsville City Schools for over 22 years. He is originally from Huntsville and he is single. Sammie describes himself as a mild-mannered person who is very respectful and nice. He has lived all his life in Huntsville, Alabama and before working in CNP Sammie was employed as a janitor. Sammie feels that the best part about working in CNP is being able to interact with students and motivating them to do the right thing.


When he is not working, Sammie spends time taking care of his yard and volunteering at the Manna House where he stocks food pantries and serves customers. Sammie explains that what motivates him the most in CNP is knowing that students will consume healthy meals and that he learns new things each day in the program. The highlight of Sammie’s career is that he has achieved 22 years of service doing a job that he loves. Sammie owns two pet cats named Smokey and Bennie. His favorite type of food to eat is soul food and he is very good at cooking dishes. Sammie loves all types of music and a lot of his co-workers are not aware that he enjoys planting flowers. The idea that Sammie gets an opportunity to feed young people is why he remains in is his current job role. Sammie feels that if he were not working in CNP then he would most likely be working in another foodservice industry area or just relaxing on his front porch with his cats.


Sammie believes that CNP is important because it provides meals to a child which may be their only food source for the day. His favorite sport is basketball and his favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. Sammie also states that working in CNP means coming together as a team. He also hopes to spend his spare time traveling one day and also says that he is not sure what he will be doing in the next five years. Sammie defines success as working as hard as you can and reaping the benefits from it.

EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

Ms. Nonie Beshears - CNP Supervisor of The Month - Mt. Gap Elem./Middle

Ms. Kim Seals - CNP Worker of the Month - Providence Elem.

BIRTHDAYS

Joyce Collier 10/3

Jennifer Jones 10/5

Christopher Bone 10/10

Linda Hardy 10/11

Mitzi Brewer 10/11

Renae Beasley 10/15

Theresa Wilkerson 10/18

Mirtha Petty 10/18

Yvonne McKinney 10/20

Lynn Meagher 10/29

SERVICE ANNIVERSARIES

Chrissy Depew 22 years

Sonya Mastin 22 years

Christopher Bone 21 years

Tereasa Wilkerson 14 years

Belinda Anderson 13 years

Patsy Jones 13 years

Yvonne McKinney 13 years

Kitty Holt 5 years

Michelle Martin 5 years

Norma Martin 5 years

Lavell Mitchell 4 years

Maria Boyzo 3 years