The Central Kitchen operates the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federally funded program that provides meals and snacks served to children in child care settings. The Central Kitchen plans prepare and deliver food, food service, and janitorial supplies to all 43 child development centers operated by CAPK’s Head Start/State Preschool Division.

The kitchen currently serves 43 sites throughout Kern County. During the year the Central Kitchen provides over 900,000 meals to approximately 2,400 children enrolled in Head Start, Early Head Start, and State pre-school programs. The program also prepares meals for Head Start field trips and social events. Deliveries are made by a team of eleven Food Production Drivers Mondays through Friday

The Central Kitchen provides special meals to accommodate food allergies and special dietary needs. The menus incorporate a variety of cultural and ethnic preferences and are designed to give the children a broader food experience.

Menus comply with Head Start requirements and CACFP guidelines. The Central Kitchen receives input from children, parents, staff, and community members at the Nutrition Advisory Committee meetings for developing menus. The Central Kitchen is inspected periodically by Kern County Public Health Services Department. We have received an “A” rating on all of the inspections and are considered a model for cleanliness and protocol.

The Central Kitchen strives to provide the best service possible to all Head Start centers within the CAPK agency.


Our Story

Since 1965, Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) has been working to provide an integrated network of services as the official anti-poverty agency for the county of Kern. One of more than 1,000 community action agencies nationwide, CAPK is Kern County’s largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Through a variety of programs and in collaboration with other community service agencies, CAPK helps participants pursue their educational goals, secure and retain employment, maintain adequate housing, receive medical services, obtain energy subsidy and weatherization assistance, encourages parent participation, counteracts hunger and malnutrition, provides child care and preschool education, and other personal and family development opportunities to build and achieve individual and family self sufficiency.

Our Mission
Community Action Partnership of Kern shall provide and advocate for resources that will empower members of the communities we serve to be self-sufficient.

Our Vision
At CAPK we envision a future where communities are economically stable centers of potential with abundant resources for all people.

The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.