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



  • 90% of school districts in Wyoming are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 87% of school districts in Wyoming need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $28,000 per school. Overall, $10.6 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Wyoming to better serve healthy foods.
  • 52% of school districts in Wyoming have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 25% expected the resources to be adequate. 23% of SFAs in Wyoming were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 48% of the districts in Wyoming need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Wyoming:

  • 55%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $28,000.
  • 48%: Blast chillers. Cost to meet statewide need: $4 million.
  • 45%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $89,000.
  • 42%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $1 million.
  • 42%: Rolling sheet pan or steam table pan racks. Cost to meet statewide need: $76,000.

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

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