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

New Jersey


  • 89% of school districts in New Jersey are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 86% of school districts in New Jersey need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $31,000 per school. Overall, $137.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in New Jersey to better serve healthy foods.
  • 21% of school districts in New Jersey have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 66% expected the resources to be adequate. 52% of SFAs in New Jersey were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 39% of the districts in New Jersey need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in New Jersey:

  • 45%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $8 million.
  • 43%: Cold-food serving line counters. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.5 million.
  • 42%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $887,000.
  • 40%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $167,000.
  • 36%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $471,000.

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

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