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.
- 97% of school districts in Kansas are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 72% of school districts in Kansas need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $16,000 per school. Overall, $88.9 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Kansas to better serve healthy foods.
- 53% of school districts in Kansas have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 70% expected the resources to be adequate. 26% of SFAs in Kansas were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 42% of the districts in Kansas need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in Kansas:
- 45%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $115,000.
- 40%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $184,000.
- 34%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $3 million.
- 33%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.8 million.
- 32%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $302,000.