Central Kitchen at Center of Des Moines Inquiry

Des Moines school officials say they can’t confirm whether the $11.3 million the district spent on a plan to prepare meals at a central kitchen has delivered on the promised savings, reports the Des Moines Register. The central kitchen opened in 2004 with the anticipation that it would save about $1.3 million annually, or about a tenth of the district’s food and nutrition budget.

Now, school officials say that those savings, supposedly derived from lower labor costs and increased part

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