Ezequiel slices fresh vegetables at the Lompoc Central Kitchen. Top quality kitchen equipment is not inexpensive, but as the saying goes, "when you buy the best, you only cry once." That is, of course, unless you're slicing onions.

Ezequiel slices fresh vegetables at the Lompoc Central Kitchen. Top quality kitchen equipment is not inexpensive, but as the saying goes, “when you buy the best, you only cry once.” That is, of course, unless you’re slicing onions.

Bringing real food back to schools often requires the rebuilding of kitchens systematically dismantled over the past forty years. That’s why, in addition to our work on food literacy, garden-based learning, public policy, environmental understanding, and food service worker training, the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative also provides equipment and infrastructure grants to ensure that trained food service workers have tools to match their aspirations.

Tilt-skillets are much beloved in school kitchens that cook from scratch.

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