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



  • 82% of school districts in Michigan are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 97% of school districts in Michigan need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $54,000 per school. Overall, $244.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Michigan to better serve healthy foods.
  • 46% of school districts in Michigan have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 30% expected the resources to be adequate. 34% of SFAs in Michigan were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 72% of the districts in Michigan need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Michigan:

  • 54%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $20 million.
  • 51%: Mobile milk coolers. Cost to meet statewide need: $3.3 million.
  • 49%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $763,000.
  • 48%: Convection ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $12.6 million.
  • 48%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $237,000.

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

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