Districts making healthy strides but need equipment

Eighty-eight percent of districts need at least one new piece of equipment to serve nutritious foods, according to new study.

Published in FSD Update


Alabama

Highlights:

  • 69% of districts in Alabama are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutritional standards.
  • 90% of districts in Alabama need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $26,000 per school. Overall, $62.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Alabama to better serve healthy foods.
  • 69% of districts in Alabama have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 53% expected the resources to be adequate. 8% of SFAs in Alabama were unsure whether they had the budget to purchase equipment.
  • 60% of districts in Alabama need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Alabama:

  • 43% need serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $102,000.
  • 41% need a set of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $269,000.
  • 40% need walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.1 million.
  • 39% need software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $114,000.
  • 39% need utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $170,000.


Source: Kitchen Infrastructure and Training for Schools Survey, 2012, ©2014 The Pew Charitable Trust

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