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.
- 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.