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 York


  • 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.

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

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