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Our mission is to support academic achievement by providing our students with delicious and healthy meals served by caring professionals. We strive to purchase local food items, use quality ingredients and prepare our meals from scratch. We do all this because we believe that healthy students are happy learners.

Free Summer Meal Program


We are offering free meals for all youth under the age of 18 with daily pick up on weekdays through the end of July. Meals include local milk, seasonal fruit and veggies, and a cold entree such as a sandwich or wrap.


  • WHEN:  June 20 - July 28, 2022 (closed on 4th of July)
  • TIME: 12:00 - 12:30 pm
  • WHERE:
    • Napa High School - Kennedy Way (behind the school). Enter off Park Ave. 
    • Canyon Oaks Elementary School – (behind the school) Enter off White Oak Drive, behind school. 

Please stay in your car and we will hand meals to you.  Youth are allowed one meal a day. If your student is attending one of the NVUSD summer programs with lunch, they are not eligible for a second meal at these pick-up locations. 
For more information about free summer meals call the food service office at 707-253-3541 or email us at


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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



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  • 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:, 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:
    • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    • fax:(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    • email:
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


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