Schools struggle to feed students amid supply chain issues

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Wetumpka, Alabama — School officers throughout the nation are scrambling to put meals on students’ lunch plates amid supply chain issues and labor shortages. 

About 97% of faculty diet packages are nervous about continued supply chain issues, in accordance to a School Nutrition Association survey. 

Cacyce Davis, who directs diet for colleges in Elmore County, Alabama, has to feed about 8,000 youngsters breakfast and lunch 5 days per week. With a delay within the colleges’ ordinary meals supply, Davis arrives at Sam’s Club for a last-minute grocery run. 

“This is a quick solution for our meal tomorrow, but it is not a solution to the problem,” she stated. “It appears that there are cracks at all points in the supply chain.” 

Davis spent $1,500 on 180 kilos of beef roast for the subsequent day’s lunch. She was in want of beef suggestions however the different lower was all she might discover for Redland Elementary to serve. 

To cope with the scarcity, the district has arrange a makeshift warehouse to retailer provides in case the state of affairs turns into worse. The workers had to find out how to work with pallet jacks and lifts. The workers now works lengthy hours, storing, packing and delivering meals to colleges that did not obtain their scheduled supply. 

“We’re going to do the best we can to keep serving,” Davis stated. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced it’s giving out $1.5 billion to assist college methods struggling to serve meals. The company will reimburse Elmore County for Davis’ grocery runs. 

Mark Strassmann

Mark Strassmann has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001 and is predicated within the Atlanta bureau.