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



  • 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.

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

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