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



  • 95% of school districts in Utah are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 95% of school districts in Utah need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $23,000 per school. Overall, $40.2 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Utah to better serve healthy foods.
  • 35% of school districts in Utah have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 59% expected the resources to be adequate. 33% of SFAs in Utah were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 49% of the districts in Utah need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Utah:

  • 50%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $46,000.
  • 47%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $764,000.
  • 46%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $313,000.
  • 43%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $121,000.
  • 42%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $149,000.

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

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