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.
- 76% of school districts in Pennsylvania are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 80% of school districts in Pennsylvania need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $29,000 per school. Overall, $152.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Pennsylvania to better serve healthy foods.
- 38% of school districts in Pennsylvania have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 41% expected the resources to be adequate. 43% of SFAs in Pennsylvania were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 34% of the districts in Pennsylvania need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in Pennsylvania:
- 41%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $611,000.
- 40%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $215,000.
- 40%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $1 million.
- 37%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $14.1 million.
- 37%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $565,000.