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.


West Virginia

Highlights:

  • 99% of school districts in West Virginia are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 100% of school districts in West Virginia need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $81,000 per school. Overall, $70 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in West Virginia to better serve healthy foods.
  • 79% of school districts in West Virginia have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 16% expected the resources to be adequate. 5% of SsFAs in West Virginia were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 92% of the districts in West Virginia need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in West Virginia:

  • 77%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $6 million.
  • 74%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $5.8 million.
  • 69%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $597,000.
  • 66%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $194,000.
  • 58%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.9 million.


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