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.


Massachusetts

Highlights:

  • 64% of school districts in Massachusetts are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 85% of school districts in Massachusetts need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $46,000 per school. Overall, $120 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Massachusetts to better serve healthy foods.
  • 31% of school districts in Massachusetts have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades.
  • Of the districts with budgets, 54% expected the resources to be adequate. 20% of SFAs in Massachusetts were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 53% of the districts in Massachusetts need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school. 

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Massachusetts:

  • 45%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $1 million.
  • 41%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $307,000.
  • 39%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $606,000.
  • 38%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.8 million.
  • 38%: Cold-food merchandisers. Cost to meet statewide need: $3 million.


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

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