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



  • 96% of school districts in Maryland are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 94% of school districts in Maryland need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $51,000 per school. Overall, $61 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Maryland to better serve healthy foods.
  • 83% of school districts in Maryland have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 13% expected the resources to be adequate. 0% of SFAs in Maryland were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 78% of the districts in Maryland need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Maryland:

  • 83%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $6.7 million.
  • 78%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $8.8 million.
  • 72%: Cold-food merchandisers. Cost to meet statewide need: $3 million.
  • 72%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $472,000.
  • 67%: Reach-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $4 million.

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

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