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.


South Carolina

Highlights:

  • 99% of school districts in South Carolina are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 88% of school districts in South Carolina need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $29,000 per school. Overall, $47.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in South Carolina to better serve healthy foods.
  • 56% of school districts in South Carolina have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 49% expected the resources to be adequate. 23% of SFAs in South Carolina were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 50% of the districts in South Carolina need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in South Carolina:

  • 53%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $187,000.
  • 52%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $6.1 million.
  • 46%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $81,000.
  • 46%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $237,000.
  • 43%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $347,000.


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

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