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 Dakota

Highlights:

  • 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.


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

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