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 35,000 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.