Behind-the-scenes look at how food gets prepared for CCSD students
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- In celebration of National School Lunch Week, the Clark County School District opened up its food services kitchen to show how they prepare meals for 180,000 students a day.
To do that, they have 1,900 workers on various assembly lines throughout the kitchen making up cinnamon rolls, salads, fruit cups, pizza and everything else they serve up to elementary, middle school and high school students.
They serve those meals for $2 for elementary students and $3.25 for middle and high school.
"Even though they are pushing out 35,000 or 75,000 units of each of these different items, food safety is a major concern. Each item gets a date stamp to monitor for freshness, and passes through a metal detector that can detect a pin head inside the food," said Virginia Beck, assistant director of CCSD food services.
Right now, with the government shutdown limiting funding for the reduced price lunches, it's causing concerns for parents, but those at the district said that's actually not a concern.
"There is no need to worry. We have about a month's supply of food in storage. The government will go back to work, but we have enough reserves," said Beck.
Once the food is made in the kitchen, it is transported to the schools by trucks. They run 30 different routes to 332 schools, most on a daily basis.
To get them done, they begin at five in the morning and some don't get back until midnight.