Local dignitaries attend a ribbon cutting at the New Lompoc Central Kitchen.

Local dignitaries attend a ribbon cutting at the New Lompoc Central Kitchen.

Two longtime partners of the School Food Initiative were recognized in the press this month. Lompoc Unified School District celebrated the opening of its remodeled central kitchen, as covered by the Lompoc Record HERE. “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.”

Meanwhile, our friends at the Santa Maria-Bonita School District were featured in THIS STORY about an innovative UC CalFresh tasting program. “SMBSD Food Service has been cooking from scratch using locally sourced ingredients since 2007, when it received funding from the Orfalea Foundation for large-scale cooking equipment, kitchen remodeling and staff training through a culinary boot camp. SMBSD currently sources 80% of its produce locally for the 21,500 meals it serves to students and teachers each day.”

As always, we are proud to be associated with people working so hard to turn schools into centers of health and wellness, and thrilled to see them getting the attention they deserve.

Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald samples the fare at the newly remodeled central kitchen.

Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald samples the fare at the newly remodeled central kitchen.