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Serving Healthy School Meals: U.S. Schools Need Updated Equipment

This report shares the results of the nationwide survey known as the KITS Study AKA Kitchen Infrastructure Training in Schools. It addresses school food service equipment and infrastructure needs. It is the second in a series of two reports on how schools are putting in place updated USDA meal standards and the challenges they must overcome to reach full implementation.

Serving Healthy School Meals: U.S. Schools Need Updated Equipment

This report shares the results of the nationwide survey known as the KITS Study AKA Kitchen Infrastructure Training in Schools. It addresses school food service equipment and infrastructure needs. It is the second in a series of two reports on how schools are putting in place updated USDA meal standards and the challenges they must overcome to reach full implementation.

Schools play a critical role in influencing the health of our nation’s children. More than 31 million children in the United States participate in the National School Lunch Program, or NSLP, each school day, and a large number of students consume up to half of their daily calories at school. Yet, many schools were built decades ago and face challenges as they strive to serve foods that meet children’s dietary needs. This report focuses on one crucial set of challenges that school districts face in meeting nutrition standards for meals: the need for improved equipment and infrastructure.

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