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.


Iowa

Highlights:

  • 86% of school districts in Iowa are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 93% of school districts in Iowa need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $36,000 per school. Overall, $69.3 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Iowa to better serve healthy foods.
  • 25% of school districts in Iowa have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 49% expected the resources to be adequate. 49% of SFAs in Iowa were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 57% of the districts in Iowa need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Iowa:

  • 47%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $267,000.
  • 45%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.1 million.
  • 44%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $7.1 million.
  • 42%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $7.4 million
  • 40%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $299,000.


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

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