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Free & Reduced Lunch

During this time of COVID, it is not necessary for you to complete a Free and Reduced meal application. 

However, NVUSD funding depends on income information from our district families.  Please click here to fill out an alternative income form.  If your household qualifies, you may receive benefits like discounts on cable and computer equipment or a SAT fee waiver to name a few.  Information is always kept confidential.

Napa’s Operative for School food Health (NOSH) is proud to offer healthy foods with the highest quality ingredients.

Every student attending a school in the district may register for meals, and many of our families qualify for free or reduced-price meals. NOSH ensures everyone gets the same nutritious lunch options -- and it’s less lunch packing for busy families during these uncertain times.

NVUSD is committed to providing healthy foods with the highest quality ingredients to the students in our district. students at salad bar

We have 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

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

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

materra 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


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.

Curbside Meal Pick-up

Every Monday*

ACHS and Napa High - 6:30 am - 8:00 am and 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Phillips and Snow Elementary - 4:30 - 6:00 pm 

[Due to the President's Day Holiday on Monday, February 15, Food Services will be handing out 2 weeks of meals at our curbside distribution on February 8th. Normal times and locations. We will not be open February 15.]




January 27, 2021

Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) has named Kristennosh director Tekell as the Director of Food Services, named NOSH (Napa’s Operative for School food Health). In this role, Ms. Tekell is responsible for all food service operations across the district’s 28 schools, including managing a team of 80 food service personnel, overseeing meal planning, and developing new recipes. She will also partner with community stakeholders and leverage state and federal programs to help decrease food insecurity in the local community. 

A classically trained chef and registered dietitian, Ms. Tekell comes to NVUSD from neighboring Sonoma County, where she served as Food Service Program Manager for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Her previous experience includes serving as a Regional Dietitian and Manger for six school districts in Southern Oregon as well a Nutrition and Compliance Manager for Revolution Foods in Oakland.

“We are thrilled to have Kristen at the helm of our award-winning food services program,” said Michael Pearson, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services. “Food health is a critical element to learning, and her deep experience in child nutrition and passion for ensuring access to nutritious food will provide a huge benefit for NVUSD students and families now and in the future.”


Feeding Students and Families During the Pandemic 


More than 50% of NVUSD students qualify for the national Free & Reduced Lunch Program, which offers not only free student meals, but also discounts on Internet and WiFi services, instrument rentals, AP and SAT testing fees, college application fees, and more. 

Despite the many challenges stemming from the COVID-19 health pandemic, NVUSD has continued to offer meals to all children in the NVUSD boundaries whether or not they are enrolled in a district school. Through weekly food boxes, grab-n-go, curbside pick-up and home deliveries, NVUSD has delivered seven days’ worth of breakfast and lunches as well as holiday meals. To date, NOSH has delivered more than 1 million meals to families.

“It is easy to get wrapped up in the operational challenges we now encounter with COVID, but at the end of the day we are still feeding kids and that is what keeps all of us in Food Services smiling (underneath the mask),” said Ms. Tekell. “I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated team and community when it comes to making nutrition a priority.”


Posted 1/27/21
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 and Valley Oak


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

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