Food Service Center preparing last meals Friday - December 21, 2006

Record Number: 2942
Displayed from: Dec 21, 2006 , until: Jan 01, 2007

Every school day since 1971, thousands of meals have been prepared at the Food Service Center at 1519 Catalpa St. for students at Fort Wayne Community Schools. On Friday, Dec. 22, workers will cook and package breakfasts and lunches for the last time at that facility. Media are invited at 9:30 a.m. to catch this historic event! Beginning Monday, Jan. 8, when FWCS classes resume after winter break, all meals will be prepared at the new Nutrition Center at 3211 W. Ludwig Road. The $11.3 million, state-of-the-art facility was built because the Catalpa center was threatened by flooding from Junk Ditch in 2003 and 2005. In addition, that location did not allow for needed expansions to house larger equipment and preparation areas. Workers prepare 17,000 meals meals a day for the district's students. Nutrition Services administrative offices have moved from the Grile Administrative Office to the Ludwig facility. Families needing applications for free/reduced meal and textbook assistance will need to pick up those forms at their school or at the new Nutrition Center. The center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call 467-2055.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.