FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Did you know that school districts in Allen County are seeing not only a labor shortage, but also a shortage when it comes to your kids’ lunches?
“We’ve got supply challenges regarding food and our disposables, trays, silverware, condiments. Every day is just something we can’t even plan for,” NACS Director of Food Services Leeanne Koeneman said.
Feeding hundreds of hungry freshmen every day is no easy feat, with thousands of other students also needing lunch in other buildings.
Northwest Allen County Schools’ director of food services says that monumental daily task has been complicated by random supply chain issues that can flip a two-month menu rotation upside down at a moment’s notice.
“All we can do is laugh anymore,” the NACS director of food services says about the supply chain issues.
“We’ve got freezers that we’ve got supplies of food, but we try to keep them within the same components to meet our guidelines. But we also look at the allergen attributes so that our kiddos are safe on a daily basis,” she said.
The shortage of some food items and lots of supplies comes from the supply chain, where manufacturers have struggled with production labor shortages and logistics companies can’t find drivers to deliver the goods.
Koeneman says the kids tell her they’re happy with any scratch cooking substitutions she and her staff may have to …….