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.


Oregon

Highlights:

  • 66% of school districts in Oregon are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 89% of school districts in Oregon need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $25,000 per school. Overall, $100.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Oregon to better serve healthy foods.
  • 51% of school districts in Oregon have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 41% expected the resources to be adequate. 21% of SFAs in Oregon were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 49% of the districts in Oregon need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Oregon:

  • 49%: Mobile milk coolers. Cost to meet statewide need: $3 million.
  • 48%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $183,000.
  • 45%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $953,000.
  • 43%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $95,000.
  • 42%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $545,000.


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

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