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


Kentucky

Highlights:

  • 96% of school districts in Kentucky are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 89% of school districts in Kentucky need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $50,000 per school. Overall, $92 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Kentucky to better serve healthy foods.
  • 70% of school districts in Kentucky have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 39% expected the resources to be adequate. 14% of SFAs in Kentucky were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 67% of the districts in Kentucky need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Kentucky:

  • 58%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $11 million.
  • 57%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $125,000.
  • 56%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.4 million.
  • 52%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $391,000.
  • 51%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $147,000.


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

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