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



  • 97% of school districts in Washington are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 90% of school districts in Washington need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $48,000 per school. Overall, $79.1 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Washington to better serve healthy foods.
  • 32% of school districts in Washington have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 32% expected the resources to be adequate. 47% of SFAs in Washington were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 79% of the districts in Washington need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Washington:

  • 59%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $323,000.
  • 54%: Commercial microwave. Cost to meet statewide need: $478,000.
  • 51%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $766,000.
  • 47%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.8 million.
  • 47%: Hot holding cabinets. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.4 million.

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

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