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.


Rhode Island

Highlights:

  • 63% of school districts in Rhode Island are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 91% of school districts in Rhode Island need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $20,000 per school. Overall, $23.2 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Rhode Island to better serve healthy foods.
  • 32% of school districts in Rhode Island have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades.
  • Of the districts with budgets, 29% expected the resources to be adequate. 32% of SFAs in Rhode Island were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 59% of the districts in Rhode Island need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Rhode Island:

  • 55%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $129,000.
  • 50%: Reach-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $485,000.
  • 41%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $702,000.
  • 41%: Fruit and vegetable prep sinks. Cost to meet statewide need: $312,000.
  • 36%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $63,000.


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

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