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



  • 100% of school districts in Colorado are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 96% of school districts in Colorado need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $61,000 per school. Overall, $108.2 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Colorado to better serve healthy foods.
  • 50% of school districts in Colorado have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 29% expected the resources to be adequate. 27% of SFAs in Colorado were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 74% of the districts in Colorado need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Colorado:

  • 71%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $994,000.
  • 65%: Walk-in freezers. Cost to meet statewide need: $9.6 million.
  • 62%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $7.9 million.
  • 58%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $7 million.
  • 54%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $444,000.

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

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