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

North Carolina


  • 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.

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

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