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



  • 70% of school districts in Connecticut are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 87% of school districts in Connecticut need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $41,000 per school. Overall, $65 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Connecticut to better serve healthy foods.
  • 46% of school districts in Connecticut have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades.
  • Of the districts with budgets, 38% expected the resources to be adequate. 12 percetnt of SFAs in Connecticut were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 71% of the districts in Connecticut need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Connecticut:

  • 56%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $405,000.
  • 50%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $531,000.
  • 49%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $499,000.
  • 44%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $71,000.
  • 42%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $6.7 million.

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

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