CUSD Temporarily Closes Its Central District Kitchen


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Lunch in the cafeteria at Casteel High School, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Queen Creek, Arizona. (David Minton/Staff Photographer)

Jia Talreja

Chandler Unified School District is going to close their central kitchen in June. 

CUSD is going to close their central kitchen because the facility is old and the equipment is at the end of its usage. “This facility was built in 1992 and it really hasn’t been updated since then in any shape or form,” said Jenny Bracamonte, the school district’s director of food and nutrition to SanTan Sun News. “Much of our equipment is at end of life.” The Governing Board spent $82,000 to buy a new meat slicer and unifiller. The renovation will begin in early June in which they will change the building and bring in new technology which is estimated to cost $1.7 million. The factory went from producing food for 12 schools to producing food for 47 schools. Due to the closure, the factory is baking stuff such as muffins and marinara sauce to freeze now so that they have food when the schools reopen since the renovation is a seven month process. Employees that work in the central kitchen won’t lose their job, they will just be placed in one of the individual schools. The central kitchen is ready to be renovated for a new year.