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.

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  • 99% of school districts in Nebraska are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 98% of school districts in Nebraska need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $48,000 per school. Overall, $60.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Nebraska to better serve healthy foods.
  • 15% of school districts in Nebraska have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 61% expected the resources to be adequate. 63% of SFAs in Nebraska were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 61% of the districts in Nebraska need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Nebraska:

  • 52%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $603,000.
  • 51%: Walk-in refrigerators. Cost to meet statewide need: $5 million.
  • 50%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $54,000.
  • 49%: Utility carts. Cost to meet statewide need: $177,000.
  • 49%: Slicers. Cost to meet statewide need: $2 million.

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

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