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


Georgia

Highlights:

  • 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

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

In an effort to trim costs, the country’s largest senior living company laid off 100 staff members, including regional dining services directors, reports Senior Housing News .

Not all employees who were laid off will technically leave the company, Senior Housing News notes, as some will be reassigned to alternative positions. Brookdale recently posted third-quarter earnings that fell short of analysts’ expectations and that the company’s CEO called disappointing.

At the end of last year, the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company employed 53,000 workers on a full-time basis, and...

Industry News & Opinion

After receiving mixed feedback from parents, Randolph County School District in Asheboro, N.C., is inviting parents to tour the district’s kitchens and cafeterias to see how the food for school meals is made, Fox 8 reports.

School officials say that the tours, part of the district’s first Food Day for Parents, will give parents an inside look at the upkeep of the facilities, as well as enable them to sample some food and see how the district is upholding USDA guidelines.

Officials also hope that the tours will provide them with more guidance on what parents and students are...

Industry News & Opinion

After fielding complaints from parents and students, Sodexo is launching an initiative to improve dining services at Emerson College in Boston, the Berkeley Beacon reports.

The initiative will kick off this month with an event dubbed Fresh Start, marking the start of several moves aimed at improving service—including the hiring of a new executive chef, the addition of a second sous chef, and retraining current staff on food preparation and presentation.

Members of the Emerson community will also be able to share feedback through the introduction of monthly forums, as well...

Industry News & Opinion

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., will soon switch over from magnetic strip-based student ID cards to chip-based ones, The Observer reports.

Along with being more secure, the new cards will allow students easier access to dining halls, enabling them to simply tap their cards on a reader to gain entrance. Students will also be able to add flex points and Domer Dollars—which can be used at eateries on and off campus—to their accounts via a mobile app.

The new cards are expected to be available by the time school begins next fall.

Read the full story...

FSD Resources