Lompoc Unified School District leaders and others from throughout the community gathered to officially unveil LUSD’s newly remodeled central kitchen Friday morning.
Representatives from the district and its partner organizations cut a ceremonial ribbon and took part in a food tasting to mark the completion of the $1.8 million makeover.
Much of the funding for the project came from the Orfalea Foundation, which awarded LUSD about $1.2 million in grants. Additionally, the foundation provided grants to upgrade and/or remodel four secondary schools and four elementary schools by providing assistance with the purchase of equipment and construction costs to provide the necessary infrastructure to serve cook from scratch entrees made at the central kitchen.
The central kitchen, at 606 E. Central Ave., serves all 14 LUSD campuses and nearly 10,00 students.
Among the upgrades in the new-look facility are an additional cooking line with a tilt skillet, two steam-jacketed kettles, a combination oven and exhaust hood; an additional blast chiller; doubled walk-in refrigeration and freezer capacity; a new dish machine and three-compartment sink; new flooring; new security and back-up system for refrigerated and frozen storage units; and relocation of child nutrition administrative offices.