Public schools in Lompoc are getting a $1.2 million grant to remodel the district's central kitchen in an effort to bring more healthful food options to students.
The Central Coast-based Orfalea Foundation announced the plans Wednesday afternoon.
In a media release, the organization says nearly 10,000 students at 14 Lompoc Unified School District locations will have access to scratch-cooked entrees and freshly prepared salad bar choices via the new kitchen.
Among the upgrades announced as part of the upgrade, the central kitchen will get "an additional cooking line with a tilt skillet, two steam-jacketed kettles, a roll-in combi-oven and exhaust hood; an additional blast chiller; and doubled walk-in refrigeration capacity," according to the release.
Food service administrative offices will relocated so they can be replaced by a new area for processing fresh produce.