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



  • 84% of school districts in Georgia are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 92% of school districts in Georgia need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $40,000 per school. Overall, $124.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Georgia to better serve healthy foods.
  • 78% of school districts in Georgia have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 36% expected the resources to be adequate. 7% of SFAs in Georgia were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 65% of the districts in Georgia need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Georgia:

  • 54%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $775,000.
  • 53%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $187,000.
  • 49%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $17 million.
  • 48%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $417,000.
  • 47%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $475,000.

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

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