The cold truth about hot lunch: School meal programs are running out of food and workers

Posted on AllSides September 29th, 2021
From The Left
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Square pizza and chicken tenders suddenly get swapped for meatloaf and zucchini coins. American schoolchildren and lunch ladies grimace. And now the federal government is stepping in to help.

School districts in Kansas can’t get whole-wheat flour, ranch dressing or Crispitos rolled tacos right now. In Dallas, they can’t put their hands on flatware, plates and napkins. In New York, school districts are unable to find antibiotic-free chicken, condiments or carrots.

With the school year in full swing, product shortfalls, delivery delays and labor shortages have pushed the nation’s public...

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