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



  • 88% of school districts in Alaska are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 92% of school districts in Alaska need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $67,000 per school. Overall, $40 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Alaska to better serve healthy foods.
  • 35% of school districts in Alaska have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 32% expected the resources to be adequate. 35% of SFAs in Alaska were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 64% of the districts in Alaska need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Alaska:

  • 60%: Dry storage shelving units. Cost to meet statewide need: $98,000.
  • 58%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $23,000.
  • 53%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.8 million.
  • 50%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $45,000.
  • 47%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.6 million.

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

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