David Binkle and Mark Baida: Revitalizing a Large Urban School Meal Program

David Binkle and Mark Baida: Revitalizing a Large Urban School Meal Program

The Los Angeles Unified School District faces several challenges. There are 700,000 students, a sprawling distance between schools, and a $500 million deficit.

To begin to revitalize the program, Executive Chef Mark Baida was hired from USC “to put a strong culinary face on the department,” said LAUSD’s Deputy Foodservice Director David Binkle.

In the last year, LAUSD’s cafeterias have been rebrand

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