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NVUSD Food Service is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students in our district.

Our team of dedicated food and nutrition professionals supports student academic success and promotes healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.

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Thanks to a federal program that funds school meal programs in low-income areas, all NVUSD students at Snow, McPherson, Shearer and Phillips elementary schools will be able to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, at no cost, every day. The new system takes effect when students return to school on Aug. 15.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a “non-pricing” meal meal service option offered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). All students at the four schools will be able to eat a free breakfast and lunch, without the need for the families to complete the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch application. Instead, the District is reimbursed according to formula based on the percentage of families who participate in other self-sufficiency programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Parents will be asked to complete a District form to ensure that reimbursement.

NVUSD Nutrition Director Brandy Dreibelbis applied for the program in an effort to provide healthy food to more students who are vulnerable to food insecurity.

“We weren’t seeing great participation in the meal program in areas where I knew we should be seeing it,” she said. “And in talking with school and Health and Human Services staff, it became apparent that the paperwork associated with the free and reduced program was a deterrent. With this program, the kids get good food, and the District gets the appropriate reimbursement.”

In addition to having access to healthy food, the students will also have more time to sit and eat, because the CEP program removes the need for checking school lunch accounts or collecting money; the students move more quickly and easily through the serving line.

“We are very excited by this news,” said Snow Elementary School principal Olivia McCormick. “When students are well nourished, they are better able to focus and learn. It’s directly related to their success in school.”

Parents of students at the four schools will receive information about the program over the summer, including how to find out more. As usual, menus will be posted at the schools, and online at www.nvusd.org/foodservices.

For more information, contact Food Services at (707) 253-3541 or brandy_dreibelbis@nvusd.org.

Posted 6/21/18

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Food Service Office

2425 Jefferson Street
Room 106
Napa, CA 94558

707-253-3541
FAX 707-253-3948

Brandy Dreibelbis
Director of Nutrition Services

Sue Geremia
Food and Nutrition Operations Assistant

Kathy Pendergrass
Administrative Secretary

Joa Rhorer
Account Technician

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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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

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