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.
- 78% of school districts in New York are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 90% of school districts in New York need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $34,000 per school. Overall, $204.5 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in New York to better serve healthy foods.
- 36% of school districts in New York have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 45% expected the resources to be adequate. 28% of SFAs in New York were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 45% of the districts in New York need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in New York:
- 54%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $4 million.
- 51%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $393,000.
- 49%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $950,000.
- 45%: Cold-food merchandisers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.5 million.
- 44%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $19.9 million.