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.
- 100% of school districts in North Carolina are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 93% of school districts in North Carolina need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $49,000 per school. Overall, $140 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in North Carolina to better serve healthy foods.
- 75% of school districts in North Carolina have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades.
- Of the districts with budgets, 36% expected the resources to be adequate. 15% of SFAs in North Carolina were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 70% of the districts in North Carolina need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in North Carolina:
- 62%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $572,000.
- 58%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $14 million.
- 52%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $174,000.
- 52%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $10.6 million.
- 50%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $3.3 million.