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.


New Mexico

Highlights:

  • 78% of school districts in New Mexico are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 93% of school districts in New Mexico need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $44,000 per school. Overall, $43.5 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in New Mexico to better serve healthy foods.
  • 41% of school districts in New Mexico have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 43% expected the resources to be adequate. 49% of SFAs in New Mexico were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 58% of the districts in New Mexico need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in New Mexico:

  • 60%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $96,000.
  • 50%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $210,000.
  • 48%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $136,000.
  • 45%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $3.8 million.
  • 44%: Can openers. Cost to meet statewide need: $123,000.


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

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