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From The Director

Hello! 

I’m thrilled to be joining the SRVUSD team - it is an exciting time in child nutrition and school meals. 

School meals are so much more than just food. Lunchtime is an opportunity for students to connect, refresh, or if desired, have a quiet moment. Lunchtime should be a joyful experience, developmentally appropriate, and create habits that they will carry into happy, healthy adulthood. Now that the program is available to all students at no cost, each student will have access to the same experience. Healthy students make better learners and school meals are an opportunity to provide nutritious meals to students. The program also supports busy parents by providing a balanced, nutritious meal, alleviating the daily task of packing lunches. 

I’ve spent the last 15 years creating innovative student-centered programs to get more kids to eat and enjoy good food. At one point, I directed a program serving 30,000 meals a day to over 113 schools at the San Francisco Unified School District. I’ve designed and implemented over 60 breakfast expansion programs, ensuring thousands of  children had breakfast. I’ve created student-centered experiences, such as 21st-century dining halls, mobile serving golf carts; raised over a million dollars in grant funding, coached and supported district’s across the nation on how to get more kids eating good food.  

I’m looking forward to this new era in school meals, where students can enjoy the program just as they do other resources at school, such as textbooks, without embarrassment or not being able to purchase certain food items. I’m beyond thrilled to join such a high-performing public school district. 

And finally, I want to share that I am the mother of a nine-year 4th grader. When reviewing menus, I always ask myself - would I feed this to my child? Directing a school meals program is an honor and a privilege. Thank you for the trust you have put in me and the rest of the team to serve your children. 

Zetta Reicker 

Director, Child Nutrition and Warehouse

 

 

Zetta with her daughter
Zetta with her daughter