Districts making healthy strides but need equipment

Published in FSD Update

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


Idaho

Highlights:

  • 97% of school districts in Idaho are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 94% of school districts in Idaho need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $40,000 per school. Overall, $42.3 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Idaho to better serve healthy foods.
  • 29% of school districts in Idaho have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 28% expected the resources to be adequate. 26% of SFAs in Idaho were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 51% of the districts in Idaho need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Idaho:

  • 55%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $231,000.
  • 53%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.1 million.
  • 52%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $333,000.
  • 52%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $92,000.
  • 51%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $491,000.


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

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