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.


Wisconsin

Highlights:

  • 73% of school districts in Wisconsin are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 89% of school districts in Wisconsin need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $39,000 per school. Overall, $97.5 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Wisconsin to better serve healthy foods.
  • 44% of school districts in Wisconsin have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 31% expected the resources to be adequate. 46% of SFAs in Wisconsin were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 64% of the districts in Wisconsin need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Wisconsin:

  • 47%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $157,000.
  • 45%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $370,000.
  • 44%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bars. Cost to meet statewide need: $4.9 million.
  • 43%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $563,000.
  • 40%: Can openers. Cost to meet statewide need: $316,000.


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