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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of New NVUSD Central Kitchen
Posted 6/3/19

NOSH central kitchen entry sign

NVUSD announced the official opening of its new central kitchen -- a 10,734 square foot space that serves as the hub for cooking breakfast and lunch that's then distributed to schools across the district.

Located at the former armory on Menlo Avenue, the kitchen features state-of-the-art commercial appliances with modern elements such as large walk-in freezers and refrigerators, combination oven units, large skillets and a conveyor belt dishwashing system. Today, the central kitchen produces about 5,000 meals a day.

“It is well documented that good nutrition helps students show up at school prepared to learn,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. "Thanks to Measure H funding, we were able to build this amazing space which is providing healthier meals that our students actually want to eat."

Brandy Dreibelbis, NVUSD’s first nutrition director and a chef who joined less than two years ago, quickly transformed the way food services was operated at NVUSD. Under the new food services name NOSH (Napa's Operative for School food Health), Brandy has led efforts to bring a whole new standard of how food should be served -- whether it is canned or fresh vegetables, or new menus that she pre-tests with kids. The new kitchen is a finishing touch on her vision to cook more from scratch -- an important element in meeting NVUSD's goals to bring quality food to students. "I'm so thankful to all the parents and community members who, along with district support, allowed this kitchen and new program to come to fruition."

At a ribbon cutting event on Wednesday, May 29, dozens of parents, community members, and district employees joined the Board of Education and NVUSD leaders to mingle and enjoy food that was catered by -- of course -- NOSH.

Board of Education Trustee Robin Jankiewicz was on hand to join the celebration and made remarks to the crowd gathered amongst the gleaning new equipment. "Change takes thoughtful and courageous action and we should take pride in valuing students, what they eat, and the impact of providing healthy food," she said. "This is change. This is impactful. This is NVUSD."

Read the Napa Valley Register article