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

Highlights:

  • 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

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Noncommercial foodservice operations and other employers would be spared from costly new overtime pay regulations if 21 states succeed in the legal challenge they jointly filed yesterday.

The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to set aside the rules, which are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1.

If the court rejects the request, restaurants and other businesses will be required after that date to pay overtime to any salaried employee who works more than 40 hours in a week and earns less than $47,476 on an annual basis.

The...

Industry News & Opinion

The new unpaid-balance policy at Canon-McMillan School District in Pittsburgh is making waves after a former cafeteria worker sounded off about the practice on social media.

Stacy Koltiska said she quit her job with the district after being forced to take hot meals away from students who owed lunch money, CBS News reports .

Under a new policy that was implemented at Canon-McMillan this year, students whose lunch debt exceeds $25 are not allowed to receive a hot lunch. Children in grades K-6 are given a sandwich in its place, and older students receive no lunch. A recent...

Industry News & Opinion

Due to low participation in its lunch program, Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio, is raising the price of school meals this year, Patch.com reports .

The cost of school lunches will see a 30-cent increase, half of which is being enacted to cover the district’s budget. The other half is being required by the government to cover the cost of free and reduced-price lunches provided to low-income families. Prior to this year, the district had not raised prices since 2009.

The district’s cafeterias have experienced a decline in student participation since implementing the...

Industry News & Opinion

Six Philadelphia hospitals were honored by the city’s department of public health for healthy food initiatives introduced as part of the local Good Food, Healthy Hospitals program, bizjournals.com reports .

The hospitals each debuted healthy measures to their dining services, such as lowering the cost of water bottles and seltzers, and offering dishes that incorporate local produce. One hospital was also honored for operating its own organic farm.

The facilities that were honored were:

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern...

FSD Resources