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



  • 69% of school districts in Vermont are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 88% of school districts in Vermont need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $52,000 per school. Overall, $45 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Vermont to better serve healthy foods.
  • 21% of school districts in Vermont have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 27% expected the resources to be adequate. 38% of SFAs in Vermont were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 47% of the districts in Vermont need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Vermont:

  • 54%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $444,000.
  • 52%: Software programs. Cost to meet statewide need: $91,000.
  • 51%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $48,000.
  • 49%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $415,000.
  • 48%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $110,000.

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

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