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ERIC Number: ED432880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 145
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Available Equipment in School Foodservice.
Meyer, Mary Kay
This report provides data on the National Food Service Management Institute's multi-year research project that identified type, style, age, and condition of available food service equipment in K-12 schools nationwide. The study found that smaller schools, serving less than 400 lunches per day, had kitchens equipped with ranges, small steam-jacketed kettles, convection ovens, under-range ovens, and manual slicers. No school met the standard for all preparation equipment. Moderate sized schools serving 401-700 lunches were the most well equipped. Generally, as schools increased in size the adequacy of equipment decreased. No school met the standard for all eight pieces of production equipment or holding equipment for the large size schools serving 701-1000 lunches. Findings also reveal the schools at the two size extremes to be the least equipped to prepare healthful foods to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) standards. The study recommends that Child Nutrition Programs evaluate their equipment based on the menu served, that emphasis be placed on helping schools evaluate equipment needs to meet DGA standards, and that managers should be encouraged to be creative in menu planning and use of equipment to meet DGA standards. An appendix provides sample questionnaires used in the study. (GR)
National Food Service Management Institute, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Drawer 188, University, MS 38677-0188; Tel: 601-232-7658; Tel: 800-321-3054 (Toll Free); Fax: 601-232-5615; Fax: 800-321-3061 (Toll Free); e-mail:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Food Service Management Inst., University, MS.