About Us

Beliefs, Vision, and Mission


Nutritious, tasty, affordable school lunches and school breakfasts should be available for all students in Arkansas public schools.

School environments that make available only healthful food choices, provide adequate time for their selection and enjoyment, and promote their consumption through pleasant surroundings and positive adult role modeling should be the norm for Arkansas public schools.

Nutrition education in the classroom and the cafeteria to promote critical thinking that will result in the development of healthful eating behaviors, improved learning readiness, health promotion, disease prevention, and pleasure in eating should be a priority for all schools.

Local, state, and federal commitment for child nutrition programs as integral components of education, evidenced by adequate financial resources effectively managed to provide quality services are necessary for a Healthy School.


Every Arkansas public school student and a staff member will exhibit an understanding of nutrition concepts by selecting healthful meals at school and away from school.


To foster the service of nutritious meals and the development of school environments supportive of healthful eating behaviors of all students and staff.


Child Nutrition Unit Staff Contact Information  

Please click on the area destination on the Map of Area Specialists Assignments ( i.e. NW, NE, etc.) to access the email addresses of the area specialists.

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Chastain, MSE, RD, LD, SNS
Associate Director
Child Nutrition Unit
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Arkansas Department of Education
2020 W. 3rd Street, Suite 404
Little Rock, AR  72205
Phone: 501-324-9502

Suzanne Davidson - Director
Teresa DeLuca - Administrative Assistant to Director   
Cindy Grizzelle - Claims Processor  
Shannon Riley - FFVP Claims Processor   
Hannah Wright - Secretary to Area Specialists  
VACANT - Associate Director
Mary Lee Dennis - Assistant Director, Program Administration/FSMC  
Nancy Dill - Assistant Director, Area Specialists Supervisor   
Krista Jackson - Assistant Director, Area Specialists Supervisor    
VACANT - Area Specialist - Central
VACANT - FFVP Coordinator
Donna Ratliff – Procurement Reviews, Claims Payment, Verification  
Louann Griswood – Procurement Reviews  
VACANT - Account