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NVUSD RECEIVES $63,500 CALIFORNIA FARM TO SCHOOL INNOVATION GRANT AND CELEBRATES THE NATIONAL LUNCH HERO RECOGNITION DAY MAY 7

 

 

 

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. 

 

For more information visit nvusd.org/nosh

Posted 5/6/21

Our most recent Family eNewsletter which was distributed today, may be found here

Posted 5/3/21

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December 15, 2020 -- Napa Valley Unified School District today announced three new members to the NVUSD Board of Education after bidding a fond farewell to former trustees José Hurtado, Icela Martin and Joe Schunk at last week’s public board meeting on December 12, 2020. NVUSD’s new trustees are Lisa Chu, Jason Dooley and Eve Ryser.

“I wish to profoundly thank Trustees Martin, Schunk, and Hurtado for their service, expertise and dedication to our district and our students. I’m grateful to have worked side-by-side with them over the last several years,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “I look forward to working with Trustees Chu, Dooley and Ryser and am confident they will be valuable partners in moving our district forward.”

The oaths of office were administered by Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education, and included an oath for current trustee David. T. Gracia who begins a new four year term and who moved from Area 2 to Area 5, representing the shift the district made earlier this year in moving to a district-based system of electing trustees.

The Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Education members by area are as follows:

Area 1: Robin Jankiewicz
Area 2: Lisa Chu 
Area 3: Cindy Watter 
Area 4: Eve Ryser 
Area 5: David T. Gracia
Area 6: Elba Gonzalez-Mares 
Area 7: Jason Dooley
 

Redistricting Background
NVUSD hosted several public hearings throughout Spring of 2020 to collect community feedback on a redistricting initiative aimed at evolving the district from an at-large system of electing its governing Board members to a district-based system of electing trustees. The new system, effective this month, means that candidates must reside in the trustee area that they desire to represent, and will be voted upon only by the voters who reside in that trustee area. Voting took place during the November 2020 election. More history on the redistricting process can be found on NVUSD.org/districting.

 

NVUSD Board Meetings
The new board members will be attending NVUSD’s next public board meeting scheduled for January 14, 2021 in person in the boardroom. At this time, only NVUSD Board and Administrative staff are meeting in person due to COVID-19, however, all board meetings are accessible to the public online. See more information at NVUSD.org/board.

Posted 12/15/20

NVUSD is expanding delivery of free on-campus services to include online as well as in-person formats in order to continue to provide free academic, behavioral and mental health support for school success.

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Posted 9/4/20