Due to supply chain issues and labor shortages, schools across the country are struggling to feed their students breakfast and lunch.
The shortage has even forced teachers and nutrition directors to go to grocery stores on their own time to grab whatever food they could to feed the kids and stock up on.
Cacyce Davis and Donnette Worthy are just two of many nutrition directors who have found themselves shopping for food.
Many students are unable to bring food to school and depend on the school in order to eat during the day and get their sometimes only source of daily nutrition.
Worthy works for a 19,000-student school district, while Davis has to feed nearly 8,000 kids breakfast and lunch five days a week.
Davis has already spent $1,500 on 180 pounds of beef roast for just one day of lunch. Davis’ district in Alabama has made a makeshift warehouse to store supplies that they’re able to stock up on, just in case the situation worsens.
While grocery shopping is a quick solution for meals, it is certainly not a solution to the original issue.
The issue arose after the pandemic left distributors and food manufacturers without enough truck drivers or workers to transport products or work on assembly lines.
Nearly 97 percent of school nutrition programs are concerned about continued supply chain issues, according to a School Nutrition Association survey, CBS News reports.
People like Davis and Worthy are being reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who is giving out $1.5 billion to help school districts that are struggling to serve meals to their students.Whizzco