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.
- 86% of school districts in Delaware are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
- 100% of school districts in Delaware need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $82,000 per school. Overall, $14.6 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Delaware to better serve healthy foods.
- 50% of school districts in Delaware have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 60% expected the resources to be adequate. 20% of SFAs in Delaware were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
- 75% of the districts in Delaware need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.
Top school kitchen equipment needs in Delaware:
- 70%: Blast chillers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.7 million.
- 60%: Combi ovens. Cost to meet statewide need: $4 million.
- 55%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $71,000.
- 50%: Scales. Cost to meet statewide need: $101,000.
- 50%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $5 million.