Message From Mallard Creek STEM’s Region Nutrition Director

Dear Parents,

My name is Bob Schaffer, and I am happy to announce that I will be the new Regional Nutrition Director at Mallard Creek STEM Academy. I bring 20 years of Food Service Management experience toMallard Creek STEM and have focused on K-12 Child Nutrition for the past eight years. I have been a Cafeteria Manager, Regional Manager, Food Service Director, and District Manager throughout the Southeast. I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I bleed black and gold. I have three children,two of which are starting their careers, and my youngest is currently studying Psychology and Biology at UNC Charlotte.

My enthusiasm for school nutrition stems from the ability to improve a child’s life daily by feeding their bodies and minds. The cafeteria is a space where children can experiment with new foods, create habits with balanced meals, as well as develop social skills with peers, all while providing meals that taste good – and are compliant with the USDA’s National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Message from Mallard Creek STEM's Region Executive Chef

My name is Lester Allen, and I am a native of Augusta, Georgia. I am a Regional Executive Chef with over 20 years of culinary experience. The last five years focused on child nutrition, where my roles have been Chef Manager, District Chef, and Assistant Food Service Director. I am fluent in many cuisines, but my favorites are Cajun-Creole and Italian. I discovered my culinary gift as a teenager when I began to cook for my family after school due to my mother and father working long hours. I attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, where I got my first glimpse into the professional world of food. I graduated from the Culinary Tech Center, located in New York City. My expertise has been sought after by school districts, marine vessels, country clubs, private assisted-living homes, and healthcare institutions across the Southeast, Northeast, and the Gulf of Mexico.

We will follow the NSLP at Mallard Creek STEM for the 2024 -25 school year. Research has demonstrated that school lunches are typically more nutritious than packed lunches, as meals from home are shown to contain higher calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugar. School lunches emphasize components like whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables while creating a nutritionally sound meal.

2024-25 School Nutrition Update

For the 24-25 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free. To receive this benefit, no applications will need to be filled out. Students will be allowed to purchase an additional lunch or other snacks if desired. If your child would like a second meal, extra milk, or a la carte items you must deposit funds in your child’s cafeteria account. Cash or Checks will not be accepted for the 24-25 school year. To access the school payment portal:

– visit https://www.mcstemacademy.org
– click on the Parents tab
– click on the Cafe/Food tab
– click on the Payments tab

Once on the payment portal website,

– click Parents
– create an account
-deposit funds

You can also download the app to your smartphone by following the links on the payment portal website, or by using the link below: https://schoolpaymentportal.com/Default.aspx

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Bob Schaffer via email at


School Wellness Policy

The Board of School Trustees of Mallard Creek STEM Academy supports the health and well-being of the school’s students by promoting nutrition and physical activity at all grade levels.

Unique Mealtime Needs for School Meals

The Medical Statement for Students with Unique Mealtime Needs for School Meals helps schools provide meal modifications for students who require them.

Request for Fluid Milk Substitution

Parents/guardians may request, in writing, a non-dairy fluid milk substitution for their child with a medical or special dietary need without providing a statement from a medical authority

Special Meal Accommodations Policy

A child with a disability will be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.

School Wellness Policy

The Board of School Trustees of Mallard Creek STEM Academy supports the health and well-being of the school’s students by promoting nutrition and physical activity at all grade levels.

School Wellness Policy

The Board of School Trustees of Mallard Creek STEM Academy supports the health and well-being of the school’s students by promoting nutrition and physical activity at all grade levels.


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

  2. fax:

    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Breakfast is served until 8:10 daily


Adult/Staff: $4.25.

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