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.

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  • 59% of school districts in Nevada are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 89% of school districts in Nevada need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $15,000 per school. Overall, $5.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Nevada to better serve healthy foods.
  • 42% of school districts in Nevada have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 63% expected the resources to be adequate. 21% of SFAs in Nevada were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 32% of the districts in Nevada need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Nevada:

  • 37%: Mobile milk coolers. Cost to meet statewide need: $401,000.
  • 37%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $14,000.
  • 26%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $22,000.
  • 26%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $650,000.
  • 26%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $58,000.

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

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