The Sara and Steve Bayard Community Kitchen
Feed More’s state-of-the-art Sara and Steve Bayard Community Kitchen is where our highly-skilled team and dedicated volunteers prepare and cook nutritious meals for thousands of neighbors across Central Virginia. Every day healthy meals are prepared for our Kids Cafe, Summer Kids Cafe and Meals on Wheels programs, along with a handful of adult day care facilities in our community.
We strive to make meals that are far from the institutional approach that others might expect from such a high-volume food production facility. In fact, our team works hard to achieve a home-cooked meal experience and to offer food choices that appeal to clients. Menus are planned a month in advance, with adjustments made based on the availability of new and fresh ingredients. Each nutritious meal is “made from scratch” for appreciative recipients in diverse locales. Through advanced effort and expertise from our professional staff, client surveys, USDA and Virginia Department of Aging nutritional guidelines, each meal progresses from concept to reality in the 5,400-square-foot production facility.
Throughout the school year, Kids Cafe meals leave the Community Kitchen bound for weekday after-school programs that serve children ages five to 17. The Community Kitchen staff and volunteer team
prepare the nutritious and appealing meals, which are delivered to the sites (Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, schools, churches and others) and served family-style. During the summer, weekday breakfast and lunch meals originate in the Community Kitchen to feed children up to age 18 and people with disabilities. The Summer Kids Cafe meals meet USDA nutritional guidelines and reach an average of 1,800 children at risk of hunger each weekday.
Year-round, daily meals are cooked, flash-chilled, and individually packaged at the Community Kitchen for Meals on Wheels clients. These single-serving meals are customized for a variety of dietary restrictions, preferences and requirements, without sacrificing the Community Kitchen’s commitment to quality and use of the freshest ingredients.
The bright, bustling Community Kitchen is LEED-certified Silver, designated by the U.S Green Building
Council. The “Green Building” is a high performance structure that maximizes environmental, economic and health benefits. The Community Kitchen addition was constructed with materials obtained within 500 miles and rated at low volatile organic levels. During the construction process, 20 percent of the construction trash had to be recycled. Long term, all of these features will help Feed More lower maintenance costs, save energy, increase productivity and remain good stewards of our environment.