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 Dakota


  • 100% of school districts in North Dakota are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 74% of school districts in North Dakota need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $18,000 per school. Overall, $28.1 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in North Dakota to better serve healthy foods.
  • 35% of school districts in North Dakota have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 58% expected the resources to be adequate. 19% of SFAs in North Dakota were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 37% of the districts in North Dakota need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in North Dakota:

  • 40%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $95,000.
  • 36%: Computers. Cost to meet statewide need: $123,000.
  • 34%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $662,000.
  • 33%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $809,000.
  • 30%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $55,000.

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

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