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.


California

Highlights:

  • 93% of school districts in California are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 93% of school districts in California need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $59,000 per school. Overall, $619.7 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in California to better serve healthy foods.
  • 53% of school districts in California have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 34% expected the resources to be adequate. 25% of SFAs in California were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 70% of the districts in California need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in California:

  • 60%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $9 million.
  • 51%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $50 million.
  • 48%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $44.5 million.
  • 46%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $8 million.
  • 46%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $654,000.


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

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