FWCS Nutrition Services Celebrates Expansion with Topping Off Ceremony

Record Number: 19321
Displayed from: Mar 02, 2022 , until: May 02, 2022

Fort Wayne Community Schools and CME Corporation will celebrate the expansion of the Nutrition Processing Center Warehouse with a topping off ceremony at noon Friday, March 4, 2022.

Nutrition Services and CME staff members will gather at the Nutrition Processing Center, 3211 W. Ludwig Road, to sign the final beam in the 5,000-square-foot addition. The project expands the walk-in freezer by 3,000 square feet and the dry storage room by 2,000 square feet. It is being paid with Nutrition Services funds and the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER III) grant. The additional space is needed to provide additional meal storage capacity in the event of a future long-term closure.

“Two years ago, when schools closed because of the pandemic, FWCS Nutrition Services was dedicated to ensuring students still had access to meals every day,” Nutrition Services Director Rebecca Larson said. “Storage space was limited, as the staff made thousands of meals daily. This additional space will allow us to be more efficient in preparing and storing meals in the future.”

The $1.8 million project is expected to be complete prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year.

The beam-signing will include FWCS Nutrition Services and Facilities staff members and representative from CME Corporation, the design build contractor.

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.