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.


Maine

Highlights:

  • 84% of school districts in Maine are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 99% of school districts in Maine need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $45,000 per school. Overall, $58.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Maine to better serve healthy foods.
  • 31% of school districts in Maine have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 40% expected the resources to be adequate. 44% of SFAs in Maine were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 48% of the districts in Maine need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Maine:

  • 58%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $81,000.
  • 56%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $124,000.
  • 52%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $210,000.
  • 49%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $136,000.
  • 47%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $353,000.


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

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