SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A massive facility in Springfield will provide meals for students across the district. Superintendent Daniel Warwick and Mayor Domenic Sarno joined representatives from food service provider Sodexo Wednesday to announce the $21 million “culinary and nutrition center.”
The 62,000 square-foot facility will operate at 75 Cadwell Drive.
The city, in parnership with Sodexo has plans to use the facility to expand food services for the district’s 30,000 students. The facility will produce food for the children on school days, as well as weekend meals, and summer meals. They also plan to grow the district’s farm-to-table program.
Warwick told 22News, students who live below the poverty depend on the schools for breakfast and lunch.
“We’ve also taken time every day to do breakfast in the classroom throughout the city, and we have one of the highest participation rates in that endeavor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Warwick said.
The facility is expected to open in about three years’ time.