School Nutrition 

UPDATE 10/13/2020 -  USDA will extend the waiver flexibility to allow schools to participate in the summer nutrition programs through June 30, 2021 allowing every child to receive  school breakfast and school lunch meals for FREE.
UPDATE 08/31/2020 - USDA Secreatary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has just announced in a press conference the USDA will extend the waiver flexibility to allow schools to participate in the summer nutrition programs through December 31, 2020, allowing every child to receive meals at no cost.
Welcome to the Mount Airy City Schools School Nutrition Program web page.  We hope this site will become a useful tool for you.  If at any time you have suggestions or comments please contact our office at 336-789-7514 or send an email to the School Nutrition Director, Celena Watson at cwatson@mtairy.k12.nc.us.
351 Riverside Drive   Mount Airy, NC  27030

School Nutrition Contact Information:

Celena Watson, School Nutrition Director cwatson@mtairy.k12.nc.us          336-789-7514 ext. 1037

Melissa Martin, Administrative Assistant   mamartin@mtairy.k12.nc.us        336-789-7514 ext. 1042

Carolyn Boggs, Cafeteria Manager, B.H. Tharrington Primary School           336-789-2888

Robin Semones, Cafeteria Manager, J.J. Jones Intermediate School            336-786-1010

Vickie Bowman, Cafeteria Manager, Mount Airy Middle School                    336-786-1757

Tommye Phillips, Cafeteria Manager, Mount Airy High School                     336-786-5366

Choose MYPLATE.gov

 New USDA Nutritional Guidelines

State and federal requirements are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Get on track to a new healthier you...it's time to create your own personal nutrition and fitness plan using the new USDA SuperTracker. This new nutrition and fitness tracking tool combines the simplicity of the ChooseMyPlate visual diagram for recommended foods with the importance of getting a healthy dose of physical activity heralded in the Let's Move campaign.

Think of the SuperTracker as your very own personal trainer that helps you put together your personal health plan, setting personal health and fitness goals, and then tracks and coaches your progress. You can track what you eat, record minutes of exercise, watch your weight, and then best of all, track your progress through a series of easy to use graphical calculators and reports. 

The SuperTracker is the complete package. When setting up your personal profile you can customize the activities you like to do and the duration you like to do them.

They key components of the ChooseMyPlate concept is to make sure that half of the plate is fill of fruits and vegetables, with a little less than a quarter being lean proteins, the balance being whole grains and your dairy choices should be low fat. It's that easy!

The new guidelines focus on 3 key areas...

Balancing Calories

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions

Foods to Increase

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low fat (1%) milk

Foods to Reduce

  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals
    - and choose the foods with lower numbers
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

The old Food Pyramid has been replaced with new simpler concept of ChooseMyPlate. This simple plate method of meal planning has long been used by dieticians and provides an easy familiar graphic of the dinner plate to help better understand the 2010 Dietary Guidelines of how we should be choosing a healthy diet. Click on www.ChooseMyPlate.gov


Universal Free Breakfast at BHT and Jones Intermediate School at least until December 31, 2020.

This school year, Mount Airy City Schools will offer FREE BREAKFAST to all students at BH Tharrington Primary School and Jones Intermediate School. 

The universal breakfast program, part of a national movement, uses federal money to provide morning meals for students, regardless of family income.

The goal is to eliminate the stigma of picking up a free breakfast, which had been offered only to students from low-income homes. Some studies indicate that eating breakfast improves behavior, attendance and academic performance.

Muffins, breakfast pizza, cereal and other breakfast items will be offered, along with 100% fruit juice and 1% or skim milk.

Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., is promoting the universal breakfast movement, with support from food companies and other corporations. 

Many educators are enthusiastic, saying it provides a healthy start not only for students whose families can’t afford to feed them, but for children who may be too rushed to eat before school.

Breakfast will be served as children arrive to school prior to going to homeroom.

For more information, please contact the School Nutrition Program at 336-789-7514 or cwatson@mtairy.k12.nc.us

Thank you!


U.S. Food Recall Information

For the most current information regarding food recalls in the United States please visit the site below.