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New Facility Will Prepare 30,000 Fresh School Meals Per Day


    A first-of-its kind food services center to feed public school children will soon be operating in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

   Beginning later this month school breakfast and lunch menu items will come fresh from a new $21 million 62,000-square foot facility.

    Soups, sauces, roasted meats, vegetables and baked goods will be prepared at the Springfield Culinary and Nutrition Center and delivered to each school, according to Tim Gray the Springfield Public School Department’s food services administrator.

   "There's no more preservatives. It is going to be fresh served to the students every single day," said Gray. " The quality is going to increase 100 percent."

   The food produced at the center comes with its own brand: Home Grown Springfield and a logo designed by a high school senior.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.