Public schools in Oakland are looking for major kitchen remodeling with a measure on the November ballot.
If approved, Measure J would authorize the Oakland Unified School District to issue up $475 million in bonds to improve school facilities.
Along with seismic upgrades and lead-paint removal, the bonds could help underwrite a planned overhaul of kitchen facilities in the district, including building a new central kitchen in West Oakland. It’s part of an ongoing effort to improve the food the district serves to students, some 70 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
Oakland has made strides toward serving healthier and fresher food in recent years.