Schools in Alexander City, Alabama have requested parents to start feeding their kids breakfast at residence or sending them to faculty with snacks due to meals supply shortages. 

In an October 9 submit on the Alexander City Schools Facebook web page, officers defined that the town’s schools had not acquired meals deliveries in earlier weeks due to “suppliers who are short on supplies, drivers and even warehouse employees.” 

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Alexander City schools serve breakfast and lunch day by day and the district warned that breakfast could possibly be impacted extra so than lunch in coming weeks. 

Officials stated that motion had been taken to open accounts with different distributors in an try to diversify supply choices. 

“If possible, we ask that you feed your student breakfast prior to school or try to send a snack. Some of you have noticed our menus have not been updated regularly. When supplies do arrive, we do not always receive what we have requested; therefore altering the menus. This is a situation that is frustrating for you as a parent, and for us as well as our ability to feed our students is being greatly impacted,” the submit stated.

In an replace on Tuesday, Alexander City Schools thanked parents and group members for an outpouring of help concerning the problem.

“Alexander City Schools felt it was necessary to alert our parents of the ongoing supply chain issues. We also wanted to notify parents that menu selections could be limited based on item availability during weekly deliveries. At no time were our students not offered or served a meal for lunch or breakfast,” the district wrote. 

Officials stated they had been working with Southern Food Services to assist alleviate among the pressure and broaden their Child Nutrition Program.

Parents would learn of menu alterations on the night time earlier than through social media.

“Our mission is to inspire hope and create pathways for student success. Nutrition has the potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and behavior which impacts their ability to be successful in the classroom. For this reason, we will continue to make substitutions when necessary and/or limit menu options in order to continue to feed our students,” Alexander City Schools wrote. 

“Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we face this nationwide issue,” the district stated. 

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences shows that Alexander City had a complete of 5 schools with greater than 3,000 college students for the 2020 to 2021 faculty 12 months. 

AL.com reported Monday that the district had 2,870 college students final faculty 12 months, with 65% enrolled in free and reduced-price meals, citing knowledge from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the state are in comparable predicaments and the outlet famous that southeastern Alabama’s Dothan City Schools requested parents in September to prepare for a doable shift to remote learning due to meals supply issues.

“As a last resort, we may also ask that you prepare to have virtual/remote school days a few days out of the week to alleviate the stress of our food supplies. Rest assured, breakfast and lunch at no charge will continue to be available to all students. However, we face a situation where we must do everything we can to continue providing a nurturing environment for our students to learn and grow,” Superintendent Dennis Coe wrote in a September 23 Facebook submit. “Your support would be greatly appreciated.”

“We are connecting local farmers with schools to the extent possible but this is only a drop in the bucket,” Don Wambles, director of the Farmers Market Authority, advised AL.com. “Otherwise, we are communicating with the Dept. of Ed almost daily. I am not aware of an effort for the State to step in.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture stated in September that it will make investments up to $1.5 billion to assist schools reply to supply chain disruptions and feed college students. 

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“American agriculture currently faces unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every stage of our food supply chain, from commodity production through processing and delivery. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners increasingly experience the impacts of climate change as severe storms, floods, drought and wildfire events damage their operations and impact their livelihoods. We know these challenges will continue into 2022 and others may emerge.”

“Through this comprehensive set of investments, USDA will take action to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, assist producers grappling with drought and market disruptions and help school nutrition professionals obtain nutritious food for students. Tackling these challenges head-on better positions USDA to respond in the future as new challenges emerge,” he stated.

Information on how funds can be allotted has not but been given to states, however a Tuesday news release stated that the division was working to approve state plans to distribute the aid funds for schools meals by means of the Child Nutrition Emergency Operation Costs Reimbursement Programs “to help offset the costs child nutrition program operators incurred during the early months of the pandemic.”