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A new Jeffco Public Schools food and nutrition services master plan recommends establishing a central food production kitchen at a building it already owns on Quail Street in Lakewood.
As it currently stands, Jeffco has a central location where pre-prepared food is delivered and distributed to schools daily. There are kitchens of varying sizes at each school, but most are not equipped for scratch cooking. In total, the food and nutrition department serves more than 6 million meals each year.
The master plan, completed by Canon Design Architecture and Mackesey & Associates, studied the district’s existing facilities and equipment.
Ultimately, two choices were given — either decentralized scratch preparation at all service sites costing nearly $200 million or a centralized production kitchen at 809 Quail St. costing more than $29 million.
Largely due to the significant cost difference and the challenge of preparing raw food at individual sites, modifying the Quail Street building was deemed the best route in the eyes of Jeffco’s food and nutrition department.