Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition

Director:  Tammy Woodie, CDM, CFPP

Administrative Assistant:  Shelley cook

School Cafeteria Managers

Avery High School:  Joanne Garland |  Banner Elk Elementary School:  Elaine Cannon  | Cranberry Middle School/Freedom Trail Elementary School:  Amy Parlier 

| Crossnore Elementary School:  to be announced |  Avery Middle School:  Tami Clark | Newland Elementary School:  Bobbi Jo Clark |  RiversideElementary School:  Barbara Arnett



Summer Feeding Program

Breakfast and Lunch

Supper Feeding

Carb Count Menus

General Information


Paying for Breakfast and Lunch


Students wishing to pay for meals in advance may do so in the cafeteria manager's office at any time or online with our K12 Payment service.

What Makes up a School Meal?

A school breakfast consists of:

  • 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable or full strength juice

  • 2 oz. whole grain

  • 1/2 pint milk

A school lunch consists of:

  • 1 oz. of meat or meat alternate K-8

  • 2 oz. of meat or meat alternate 9-12

  • 1/2 cup fruit K-8, 1 cup of fruit 9-12

  • 3/4 cup vegetables K-8, 1 cup of vegetables 9-12

  • 1 oz Grains K-8, 2 oz Grains 9-12

  • 1/2 pint milk

Under the "Offer vs. Serve" provision of the National School Lunch Program, and National School Breakfast Program the student may decline two of the items offered, although to make the meal reimburseable one choice must be 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetables.  The price of the meal remains the same. If any student takes only one or two of the meal components, he must pay for these at the posted prices (this includes those students who qualify for free or reduced price meals.)

A pre-packaged salad is available as an alternate lunch. 1% low fat white, fat free skim and fat free chocolate milk is available daily. Juice, Cereal, and Toast, or 2 pack whole grain poptarts are available for breakfast each morning. Menus may be changed because of problems with deliveries or weather. Cafeteria managers will notify students in advance of changes if possible.

School Health Inspection Grades

About Food Safety

Hazard Analysis Critical Conrol Points (HACCP) is a food safety plan designed to improve food quality and prevent foodborne illness.  The US Department of Agriculture or USDA requires that all schools have a HACCP plan.  Avery County Schools Child Nutrition Employees receive HACCP training on a regular basis.
School Cafeterias are inspected by the Avery County Health Department Environmental Health Division on a regular basis.  Avery County Schools Child Nutrition facilities maintain an average health inspection grade of 99.5 with 100 being a perfect score.
All Child Nutrition Managers are ServSafe® certified.  ServSafe® is a nationally recognized and accredited food safety program sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.


  • Avery High School: 100.0 (inspected 10/14/19)

  • Banner Elk Elementary School: 100 (inspected 10/09/19)

  • Cranberry Middle School/Freedom Trail Elementary School: 99.0 (inspected 08/20/19)

  • Crossnore Elementary School: 100 (inspected 10/10/19)

  • Avery Middle School: 100 (inspected 10/14/19)

  • Newland Elementary School: 100 (inspected 10/15/19)

  • Riverside Elementary School: 100 (inspected 08/27/19)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)        email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.