Serving Healthy School Meals in California

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, November 2014

From the summary:
The National School Lunch Program operates in nearly all public schools and 94 percent of public and private schools combined. The main goal of the school lunch and breakfast programs is to promote the health and well-being of children by ensuring that they have access to nutritious meals that support normal growth and development. Schools that participate in the programs must make nutritionally adequate meals available to all students and provide free or reduced-price meals to children from low-income families. During the 2012-13 school year, California schools used this program to serve more than 4.5 million meals each day, or more than 559 million lunches for the school year.
This report focuses on the major challenges in California school kitchens and cafeterias, and what is needed—improved equipment and infrastructure, and enhanced personnel training—to serve healthy, appealing meals.
Key Findings:
Finding 1
93% of California school districts need at least one piece of kitchen equipment.

Finding 2
25% of California school districts have a plan to replace kitchen equipment.

Finding 3
70% of California school districts need kitchen infrastructure upgrades.

Finding 4
68% of California school districts need additional training for nutrition personnel.