Welcome to Food & Nutritional Services!
We know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand!
We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Food & Nutritional Services recognizes the connection between healthy students and their ability to learn. We believe our mission is to enable students to establish and maintain life-long healthy habits through the foods we serve, supporting nutrition education and physical activity and creating wellness partnerships throughout our community.
The Joyful 12 School Project all started because FoodAndNutritionServices Director Miguel Villarreal asked Chef Hollie Greene to help him at Novato FANS, expand his great work deeper into the community with parents and kids learning to cook and eat more vegetables at school and home.
Learn all about Joyful 12 School Project here, and see how Chef Hollie and our director are working together for the better health of our school community!
Curious about how Novato FANS does Meatless Monday?
We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
What's NEW on the menu? Check out our Healthy Salad Bars... coming to all elementary schools!
Rising High School Senior, Elena Dennis, from Branson HS held a week long Camp Cauliflower cooking class at Lu Sutton Elementary in the Novato Unified School District. Elena taught five nine year old girls who attend Lu Sutton Elementary how to prepare many dishes from scratch. Cooking projects included smoothies, salsa making, tacos with homemade tortillas, crepes, homemade ravioli, pizza, fresh fruit salads, frozen treats and much more! She also planned a trip to a local farm where the girls learned about how fresh veggies are grown and they also had an opportunity to compost.
Please share and help us give tribute to Elena Dennis for making a difference in the lives of these five young girls. They will remember the lessons they learned from Elena about cooking and nutrition for the rest of their lives! We need more youths like Elena inspiring and motivating the younger kids to help change the culture of health and wellness.
View our photo slideshow of Congressman Jared Huffman's visit to Novato's Loma Verde Elementary School.
Click here to learn more about Congressman Huffman's visit!
Hear from our own Food and Nutrition Services Director Miguel Villarreal and read about how Novato students continue to be offered Fresh Fruits and Vegetables despite a new proposal by some to institute a Federal opt out option- read all about it in this SF Gate article
Novato High School Students enjoying local produce- fresh salads for lunch!
Organic Greens offered to Novato Students
If your status has changed and you feel you may qualify for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits...
You may apply at any time Online for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits... click here to Apply Online!
Connecting the 3 C's
Learn how the Food and Nutritional Services Department (FANS) is connecting the 3 C's: Cafeteria, Classroom and Community- to enhance wellness for everyone. Lome Verde Elementary and families were recently featured in this short 7 minute video segment produced by Current TV.
What is Farm to School?
Farm to School is a national program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms, with the objectives of increasing the availability of locally grown produce in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.
Click here to learn more about Farm to School!
Who are we? What do we do?
We are Wellness Policy Committee Members, Wellness Site Ambassadors and Executive Champions... learn all about us, our goals, and what we are doing to promote Wellness in Novato Unified School District here!
Here you will find our Wellness Newsletters, detailed information on how you may become involved and volunteer, and learn all we are doing to help our students focus on Wellness!
Food and Nutritional Services Team- Who are we?
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well-being and their ability to learn.