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.
- 86% of school districts in South Dakota are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 92% of school districts in South Dakota need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $27,000 per school. Overall, $47 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in South Dakota to better serve healthy foods.
- 37% of school districts in South Dakota have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 54% expected the resources to be adequate. 41% of SFAs in South Dakota were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 57% of the districts in South Dakota need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in South Dakota:
- 51%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $71,000.
- 50%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $124,000.
- 50%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $117,000.
- 44%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $737,000.
- 40%: Steam table pans. Cost to meet statewide need: $54,000.