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.


Oklahoma

Highlights:

  • 99% of school districts in Oklahoma are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 87% of school districts in Oklahoma need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $59,000 per school. Overall, $157.6 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Oklahoma to better serve healthy foods.
  • 26% of school districts in Oklahoma have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 35% expected the resources to be adequate. 40% of SFAs in Oklahoma were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 48% of the districts in Oklahoma need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Oklahoma:

  • 49%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $464,000.
  • 48%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $159,000.
  • 44%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.1 million.
  • 44%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $21 million.
  • 43%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $17.4 million.


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

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