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US senate staffers tour SCS Central Nutrition Center

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U.S. Senate agricultural committee staffers toured the Shelby County Schools Central Nutrition Center Wednesday. U.S. Senate agricultural committee staffers toured the Shelby County Schools Central Nutrition Center Wednesday.
Workers prepare meals for more than 200 schools from one big kitchen. Workers prepare meals for more than 200 schools from one big kitchen.

(WMC-TV) - Years after massive waste and management issues, the former Memphis City Schools nutrition center has turned around.

U.S. Senate agricultural committee staffers toured the Shelby County Schools Central Nutrition Center Wednesday. School officials say the Central Nutrition Center is way beyond the problems of the past, and it is becoming an example for districts across the nation.

Workers prepare meals for more than 200 schools from one big kitchen.

Officials from Washington D.C. wanted to learn the ingredients of a nationally-recognized program in preparation for child nutrition reauthorization.

From inside to outside there is a lot to see at the CNC. There is a renewed focus on fresh food; more than 60 schools will soon have their own individual gardens.

Spoiled food put the center in the headlines several years ago when over ordering led to the dumping of nearly a million dollars worth of product and a management shakeup

"As we begin to look at what's scaleable from an urban perspective, this is a good place to have visited," said T.A. Hawks, Senate Agriculture Committee.

Recently, municipal school district leaders decided to opt out of having the CNC provide their meals, preferring to go back to cooking at individual schools.

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