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



  • 79% of school districts in Indiana are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 92% of school districts in Indiana need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $33,000 per school. Overall, $92.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Indiana to better serve healthy foods.
  • 23% of school districts in Indiana have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 35% expected the resources to be adequate. 20% of SFAs in Indiana were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 62% of the districts in Indiana need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Indiana:

  • 61%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $241,000.
  • 47%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $1.2 million.
  • 46%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $463,000.
  • 46%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $186,000.
  • 44%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $793,000.

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

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