Districts making healthy strides but need equipment

Eighty-eight percent of districts need at least one new piece of equipment to serve nutritious foods, according to new study.

Published in FSD Update



  • 99% of school districts in Texas are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 79% of school districts in Texas need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $25,000 per school. Overall, $420.1 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Texas to better serve healthy foods.
  • 50% of school districts in Texas have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 58% expected the resources to be adequate. 34% of SFAs in Texas were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 48% of the districts in Texas need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Texas:

  • 41%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $9 million.
  • 41%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $8 million.
  • 40%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.4 million.
  • 36%: Rolling-sheet pan or steam-table pan racks. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.2 million.
  • 34%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $10.8 million.

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

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