First, I would like to congratulate our Hunstville City School Graduates in the class of 2020! I am sure that you all have extremely bright futures ahead of you.

We hope that all of you are having a great summer so far. Our Summer Food Service Program is off to a good start and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces when you come to pick up a free meal. Please keep in mind the COVID-19 parameters that are in place as you continue along during your summer break. We hope to see you all soon. Enjoy the sun and time off! - H.Ward


  • SNA Calls for Quick Action to Keep School Meal Programs Viable
On June 4, SNA sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the immediate extension of COVID-19 emergency feeding waivers through the end of the SY2020-21 and provide students school meals at no cost.

  • USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Hawaii

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced Hawaii has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

  • Team Nutrition Releases Tip Sheets on Serving Multiple Meals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Team Nutrition has created several tip sheets for school meal program operators on buying, managing bulk food items, and protocol for distributing multiple meals at a time. These tip sheets cover three different school meal programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


CNP Employee Spotlight

Ms. Calandra "Rene" Beasley, Lakewood Elementary

Ms. Calandra "Rene" Beasley has been with Huntsville City Schools for over 18 years. She works at Lakewood Elementary. Calandra is not married and has three children named Darrious, Cambria, and Jaylen. She is originally from Huntsville where she has lived all of her life. Calandra describes herself as a person who is kind, peaceful, and can work with anyone. She expresses that seeing the smiles on the student's faces when they come through the line to eat is what she likes most about her job in Child Nutrition.

When she is not working, Calandra likes to spend time with her friends and family. She prefers to listen to rhythm and blues music in her spare time. Most of her coworkers may not know that she has a son that is 26 years old.

Calandra loves Child Nutrition because it gives her an opportunity to spend more time with her family. She also explains that if she were not working in CNP, that she would be traveling around the world. Her favorite hobby is gardening.

Calandra feels that CNP is important because it allows her to provide hot nutritious meals to students each day who may not get enough food to eat at home. Her favorite sport is basketball. She also believes that participating in CNP gives her the opportunity to help others. Calandra also hopes to one day travel to Hawaii. In the next five years, Calandra says that she will be retired. She defines success as liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it which is a quote from the great poet Maya Angelou.


Bobbie Humphrey 6/2

Tarsha Hudson 6/2

Sonya Mastin 6/5

Clara Butler 6/8

Donna Muhammad 6/10

Karen Shavers 6/21

Sherry Freeman 6/23

Chanell Holt 6/28

Wanda Akukwe 6/30

Ms. Tamika Herron has been promted to Area CNP Supervisor

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Tamika Herron.

Ms. Herron has been promoted from CNP Supervisor to Area CNP Supervisor.

Tamika has over 14 years of CNP experience and has managed over 20 CNP staff members.

She also has been at three of the largest populated school sites within the HCS district. These sites include Whitesburg Elem/Middle, Williams Elem./Middle and Morris Elem./Middle.

During Ms. Herron’s tenure as supervisor, these schools sites also produced thousands of meals with the highest weekly totals in the district averaging over 1761 served meals per day. Tamika and her staff were also responsible for generating over $1.9 million dollars in CNP revenue over the past 3 years.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming her into her new role.