The new 34,000 square foot central kitchen will feature a loading dock with a fresh food processing area for deliveries from local farms, three food prep areas, over 7,000 square feet of dry, refrigerated, and frozen food storage, a blast chill area, and business spaces. An onsite café will serve scratch-cooked, locally sourced meals to the public and Ed Center staff, providing another opportunity for our community to enjoy the same high-quality meals served in our schools. The facility will also accommodate the ever-expanding ‘No Student Hungry’ bag program with a dedicated area for bag assembly, as well as conference space to host nutrition education and food literacy classes. Future plans include a teaching kitchen for cooking classes, special events, and seminars. The Education Center portion of the project will include demolition of the east wing, a new two-story structure, and complete renovation of the remainder of the facility.