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



  • 89% of school districts in Missouri are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 86% of school districts in Missouri need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $12,000 per school. Overall, $109 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Missouri to better serve healthy foods.
  • 33% of school districts in Missouri have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 38% expected the resources to be adequate. 48% of SFAs in Missouri were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 51% of the districts in Missouri need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Missouri:

  • 38%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $292,000.
  • 37%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $407,000.
  • 33%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $1 million.
  • 33%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.9 million.
  • 32%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $492,000.

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

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