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



  • 100% of school districts in Florida are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 89% of school districts in Florida need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $17,000 per school. Overall, $73.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Florida to better serve healthy foods.
  • 55% of school districts in Florida have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 48% expected the resources to be adequate. 20% of SFAs in Florida were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 60% of the districts in Florida need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Florida:

  • 48%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $424,000.
  • 42%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $4 million.
  • 40%: Mobile milk coolers. Cost to meet statewide need: $692,000.
  • 40%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $442,000.
  • 36%: Stainless steel work tables. Cost to meet statewide need: $466,000.

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

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