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Memphis operates school gardens to teach kids about food sources.

Leveraging An Underused Asset

An underutilized central kitchen is at the heart of a revival for the Memphis City Schools.

When Tony Geraci assumed direction of nutrition services for the Memphis City Schools last October, he inherited a 217,000-sq.ft. central production/warehouse facility. Since Memphis has recently used onsite production to prepare many of the meals at its school sites, he saw the central facility capacity as a major resource that could be leveraged.

That monumental asset— built 10 years ago at the cost of $34 million—is now central to other changes Geraci is bri

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