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School Nutrition Services

Penny N. Walker, Director of School
Nutrition Services 

Sandy Combs, Administrative Assistant


Telephone Number:  336-372-4345





Alleghany County Schools

School Nutrition Program/Cafeteria Substitute






Substitute positions are available in all schools on an as needed basis. 

Detail of the position:

  • Substitutes called in as needed; called in advance when possible
  • Paid at hourly rate

Position Description and Requirements:

  • Substitutes will be given minimal training in proper methods per the position they will be filling in for which may include food service, food preparation, dishwashing, etc., through the performance of semi-skilled tasks with the use of various pieces of equipment and proper food handling procedures.
  • Previous knowledge and experience in kitchen safety procedures and customer service skills are appreciated

Substitutes will be under the direct supervision of the school’s Cafeteria Manager.

Applications accepted on an on-going basis.  Please come by the Alleghany County Board of Education office for a substitute application packet.  Contact Penny N. Walker, Director of School Nutrition, at 336-372-4345 or by email at for more information.


NOTICE:  Any student withdrawing or graduating from the Alleghany County School System may make a request for any leftover balance  to be paid out to their parent or guardian on record.   Small balances can be paid out at the school site at the point of sale register, however, larger balances must be paid out from the School Nutrition Program office and a check will be issued.  

Please turn in a new Free and Reduced Price School Meals Household Application for the new school year.  Students who were approved for free or reduced meals last school year may only receive meals on that basis for the first few days of school.  A link to the application and information letter is below.  You may also go by your school's office and request one or come by the Alleghany County Schools Central Office located at 85 Peachtree Street, Sparta.

 No Increase in Meal Prices in 2018-2019    

2017-18   Elementary Schools
  High School
  Adults Reduced Priced (upon application approval)
Breakfast $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Lunch $1.85 $2.10 $3.10 $0.40

Please keep in mind that no charges are  allowed.  All families are encourage to fill out a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application for the new school year as soon as possible.  These will be available August 6th online and can be picked up at the Alleghany County Board of Education office.  The applications will also go home with students the first few days of school and will be available during open house.  Students will only be at last school year's status for the first few weeks of school so applications need to be turned in as soon as possible.  Students will need to pay for meals until an application is turned in, processed, and a determination of benefits is made.  A new application must be submitted every new school year.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Addressing Special Needs
If you are the parent/guardian of a student with special dietary needs please contact Penny N. Walker, Director of School Nutrition Services, at telephone number 336-372-4345 or by email:




Unless requested at point of sale, change will not be made and will instead be put in the student’s account to go toward future purchases.




(From left to right:  Mary Beth Harris, Cafeteria Manager at Sparta Elementary School; Margaret Royal; and 
Penny N. Walker, Director of School Nutrition Services)
On May 24th, 2018 a reception in honor of Margaret Royal was held at Sparta Elementary School's Cafeteria. Mrs. Royal is retiring at the end of this school year with 21 years of service.  Mrs. Royal was joined by several of her School Nutrition Program coworkers and family members, as well as several staff and teachers from Sparta Elementary School.  A plaque commemorating her 21 years of service to the Alleghany County School System and the School Nutrition Program was given to Mrs. Royal with much appreciation.  



Two Cafeteria Managers from the Alleghany County Schools School Nutrition Program

participated in the 2017 K12 Culinary Institute on June 27-29.  Pictured are Marlene 

Crouse, Manager at Glade Creek Elementary School (left) and Rhonda McGraw, Manager

at Alleghany High School (right).  School Nutrition Services Director Penny Walker (center)

is also pictured.  Both Managers will now share all their training with other Managers and 

members of the School Nutrition Team during the new school year.


                              After School Snack Program: Smart Snacking                           

The School Nutrition Program is pleased to sponsor the Smart Snack Program once again this year which provides healthy snacks to students enrolled with the 21st Century After School Program at each of our elementary schools.  There are three GREAT things about the program: 1) snacks provided everyday to those enrolled in the program, 2) healthy snacks consist of 2 out of 4 components (Milk, Vegetable/Fruit, Whole Grain item, or Meat/ Meat Alternate item) that meet Smart Snack guidelines, and 3) ITS ALL FREE!  Students do nothing to participate other than be enrolled in the 21st Century program.



Lunch Prepay - K12 Payment Center (see link below with "Important Links"

Update for Current Customers:



Released by Meals Plus 5-1-17:  As continues to grow, as a result, we have upgraded the service provider for our email and text functionality. How does this affect a district that uses  Is shouldn't.  The change to our new mail and text service provider should be transparent to our customers.  However, the one difference we have noticed is that Outlook users may see a different header in their emails:  "From:[] on Behlaf of K12PaymentCenter 

We wanted to make you aware of this change.  This is a legitimate email from and there is no issue with the website.  


K12 Payment Center has made changes to improve functionality with smart phones and tablets.  Customers using mobile devices will now have access to all the functionality available on the main site.  Your old bookmark, however, may not work so please delete the old URL/web address saved as a bookmark and replace it with:


The K12 Payment Center is a convenient way to ensure your student always has funds in his or her account to purchase food items.  Here are a few reasons the center is so great:

  • $10 lifetime membership fee includes all students in your family; $1.95 fee per transaction with no maximum payment required and deposits can be made to multiple student accounts with one single payment.
  • Step-by-step registration is easy and your information is always confidential.
  • See your student's meal account balance and history anytime with auto notification available to notify you if balance falls below a pre-determined amount.  

Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the online meal prepay system. Go to today! Before you register, make sure you have your child's student identification number available.

You may also call the Technical Account Specialist team at (800) 541-8999, option 1, if you have questions.  


The School Nutrition Program's breakfast and lunch menus are published by the week in each weekly edition of The Alleghany News and The Declaration



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, disability, age, 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: 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.


We Want to Hear from YOU!

Visit the Alleghany County Schools website and the School Nutrition webpage at Click on the STUDENT SURVEY link and let us know your likes and dislikes (use Google).  Parents please help our younger students take the survey but please let them answer the survey questions themselves.  This information will be compiled and reported on in the next newsletter coming out next semester.  Feedback from the survey will also help guide the School Nutrition Program throughout the coming school year.   So let your voice be heard and take the survey today!

Link to Student Survey


Important Links
Important Documents 
2018-19 Income Scale in Spanish - to post by August 20th
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