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.


Tennessee

Highlights:

  • 96% of school districts in Tennessee are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 90% of school districts in Tennessee need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $45,000 per school. Overall, $109.2 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Tennessee to better serve healthy foods.
  • 73% of school districts in Tennessee have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 41% expected the resources to be adequate. 14% of SFAs in Tennessee were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 56% of the districts in Tennessee need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Tennessee:

  • 65%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $248,000.
  • 55%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $7.4 million.
  • 55%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.9 million.
  • 52%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $395,000.
  • 49%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $183,000.


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

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