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.


Pennsylvania

Highlights:

  • 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.


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

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