• The Center 

    Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm and Educational Center 

    The Center


    The Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm, and Education Center will be the hub of the new district-wide school food program network that connects nutrition, education, and community programs at OUSD's schools, kitchens, gardens, and produce market stands. At the central kitchen and commissary, students will observe professionally trained cooks at work and see how to prepare approximately seven million meals each year for 38,099 school children. The farm and greenhouse will serve as a learning laboratory, where students will experience urban agriculture firsthand. The teaching kitchen will provide classes for students, nutrition service staff, and the community.  The Foster Center as a whole will help develop College and Career Pathways, allow for Field Trips and Tours, contribute to STEM Education, Expanded Learning / Adult Education and Professional Development.

    Rethinking School Lunch Oakland is supported with major funding from the
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The California Endowment, and TomKat Charitable Trust.

Project Contacts

  • Project Address

    2850 West Street, Oakland, CA 



    CAW Architects



    Overaa/Tulum/Eclipse Electric


    Project Manager

    Elena Comrie



    Community Engagement Specialist 

    Ray Bermudez 


    (510) 255-0758


Project Fact Sheet

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