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

Highlights:

  • 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.


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

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