THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020
FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXTENDED THROUGH THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK 2020
Luz Arnold - Williams Elem./Midd.
Dressed as Jessie from Toy Story 2
Vertricia Burgess - Jemsion/McNair
Country Western Day 2019
Pam Majors & Ebony Lewis
Monte Sano Elem.
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
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
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