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School District Kitchen Up and Cooking
School District Kitchen Up and Cooking

 

School starts again Monday for Clark County School District students and already the main CCSD kitchen is cooking.

The central kitchen in North Las Vegas prepares food for more than 300,000 students. The staff was preparing more than 100,000 meals for the start of the new school year. The kitchen uses 150 cooks and assembly line workers to put together and prepare the meals.

The kitchen is dedicated to producing healthy meals. The district has contracted with farms in California, which means the produce used in the meals are often fresher than what is in the grocery stores.

"Our meals include more fruits and vegetables than they ever had. We now have 51 percent of meals made with whole grain. We have a limit on fat, a limit of calories and a limit on sodium," Virginia Beck with CCSD Food Service said.

More than half of the families served by the kitchen pay little or nothing for the meals through the free and reduced lunch program.

The operating budget for food services is more than $80 million a year, which mostly goes towards buying food. The central kitchen is housed in a building the size of five football fields.

The kitchen will eliminate meals that kids do not like. The favorite meals for elementary and middle schools is chicken teriyaki with steamed rice and for high school students it is a hamburger with the works.