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.
District of Columbia
- 73% of schools in the District of Columbia are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 81% of schools in the District of Columbia need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $68,000 per school. Overall, $11.2 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in the district to better serve healthy foods.
- 27% of schools in the District of Columbia have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the schools with budgets, 18% expected the resources to be adequate. 35% of SFAs in the District of Columbia were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 58% of schools in the District of Columbia need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in the District of Columbia:
- 42%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet need: $628,000.
- 42%: Hot and/or cold transport containers or carts. Cost to meet need: $373,000.
- 42%: Slicers. Cost to meet need: $293,000.
- 42%: Mobile milk coolers. Cost to meet need: $187,000.
- 38%: Stainless steel work tables. Cost to meet need: $51,000.