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


Ohio

Highlights:

  • 82% of school districts in Ohio are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
  • 76% of school districts in Ohio need at least one piece of equipment to better serve nutritious foods. The median cost of this equipment is $31,000 per school. Overall, $320.8 million worth of foodservice equipment is needed in Ohio to better serve healthy foods.
  • 32% of school districts in Ohio have at least some budget for kitchen equipment upgrades. Of the districts with budgets, 43% expected the resources to be adequate. 46% of SFAs in Ohio were unsure whether they had a budget to purchase equipment.
  • 52% of the districts in Ohio need kitchen infrastructure changes in at least one school.

Top school kitchen equipment needs in Ohio:

  • 40%: Serving-portion utensils. Cost to meet statewide need: $322,000.
  • 39%: Sets of knives with cutting boards. Cost to meet statewide need: $1 million.
  • 37%: Salad or fruit/vegetable bar. Cost to meet statewide need: $10 million.
  • 36%: Food processors. Cost to meet statewide need: $2.1 million.
  • 36%: Sectionizers. Cost to meet statewide need: $364,000.


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

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