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Napa’s Operative for School food Health (NOSH) is proud to offer healthy foods with the highest quality ingredients to all our TK-12th grade students. During the 2021-2022 school year, all students will receive free breakfast and lunch.

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Free Meals this Year / Help Your School Earn Money

During the 2021-2022 School Year all enrolled students will have access to healthy, delicious meals at no cost regardless of household income. There are no requirements to complete a meal application to take advantage of this opportunity. If a school offers breakfast and/or lunch, the student can simply show up and get a free meal. However, NVUSD funding depends on income information from our district families.  Please click here to fill out the School Program Services Form. This form helps determine the demographics of our student population. By completing this confidential form and turning it in as soon as possible, you will help our schools reach the goal of getting funds to support our student's academic achievement and create equitable learning environments. You may also benefit from discounts on services like Internet access and AP testing fees. Information is always kept confidential.

Thanks to our partners at CIA, Whole Foods and ChefAnn, our kids enjoy food that is nutritious and also tastes great!

CIA, ChefAnn and Whole Foods


Napa Valley Unified School District has been awarded a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to help the district expand its school food program. The grant includes a partnership with the Napa Farmers Market to provide a joint Harvest of the Month program with education materials.

The $63,500 California Farm to School Innovation Grant will bring California grown, minimally processed foods to NVUSD schools as well as provide education opportunities between cafeterias, classrooms and communities. This will be a great benefit to the NVUSD Food Service Department -- called NOSH -- Napa’s Operative for School Health. 

Said NVUSD Food Service Director Kristen Tekell, “Providing kids with healthy and locally sustainable meals that are also delicious is a critical goal and we are very grateful to the Farm to School grant to help us achieve this for our students.”  

“We are extremely grateful for this grant opportunity and look forward to establishing new local partnerships allowing us to offer healthy, local foods that kids will love!”

What is the Farm to School Program at NVUSD?

Farm to school connects our school community to fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. For students in Napa and American Canyon, this means a combination of bringing  fresh and local ingredients and food education to campuses:

  • Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria. (Local vendor partners include Mindful Meats in Petaluma and Walker Apple Farm in Graton.)
  • Students are exposed to Harvest of the Month educational activities. 
  • Gardening tools and upgrades to the district’s Central Kitchen and school gardens 
  • Support for a NOSH farmers market event featuring a “blender bike” and nutrition materials

“Here in Napa, we are especially proud of our local quality ingredients and producers and want to do everything we can to connect kids to the amazing, nutritious food we have throughout the valley,” said Ms. Tekell.

Celebrating National School Lunch Heroes on May 7

NVUSD’s NOSH food services employees are being celebrated as part of the national Lunch Hero Day. This team of school nutrition professionals help prepare healthy meals for NVUSD students while navigating student food allergies and adhering to strict nutrition standards and COVID safety guidelines.

FREE Meals to all Students Next School Year 

As announced on April 20, The USDA is extending the program to allow kids to eat for free though next school year.  This announcement ensures safe, equal access to healthy school meals and addresses the continued pandemic meal service challenges. 

NVUSD has implemented a clean-label initiative, in partnership with the Life Time Foundation, which helps schools remove what it calls the Harmful 7 from student breakfast and lunch menus:

  • Trans Fats and Hydrogenated Oils
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hormones and Antibiotics in Animal Production
  • Added and Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Colors and Flavors
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Bleached Flour



Does Your Student Attend a CEP School?

All students at Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools automatically qualify for free breakfast and lunch daily. Families at these schools do not have to submit the& Free & Reduced Meal application.

The following are CEP schools:

  • Harvest
  • McPherson
  • Phillips
  • Shearer
  • Silverado
  • Snow
  • Valley Oak

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Food Service Office

Central Kitchen
1360 Menlo Ave.
Napa, CA 94558

FAX 707-253-3948

Kristen Tekell

Rosie Mendoza
Administrative Secretary

Joa Rhorer
Account Technician

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 online, 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.


Thank you to our partners and generous donors
Center for Ecoliteracy

Innovation Award:
Fresh and Sustainable Kitchens

3 bulk milk dispensers
Straus Family Creamery

Whole Kids

Get Schools Cooking Grant
Staff Professional Development/training


Paid lunch balances for NVLA
Bank of Napa, now Bank of Marin

Paid lunch balances for El Centro
Materra Winery
Heart of Napa
Volunteer of the Year Award
salad bars to schools

10 full salad bars
Chef Ann Foundation and
Whole Kids Foundation
Extra Credit

Raley’s Extra Credit Grant

ca dept of education

Breakfast Expansion Grant
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Grants (4)

share our strength


Share our Strength Grant

napa valley education foundation
Proceeds from Napa Valley
Race for Education