As school meal programs face food shortages and staggering supply delays, officials could be forced to limit the choices students have for breakfast and lunch.
It’s the latest phase of a supply chain crisis that’s gripped the U.S economy for months.
In Ohio, supply strain has led the staff at Akron Public Schools to take a second look at their lunch menus – where there used to be up to five different meal choices every day, there are now only two.
“Trying to get that much quantity of one product is not easy,” said Ryan Foulk, a nutritional services specialist. “I’m not saying we don’t have food to serve, it’s just getting it from one location of the country to the next is the hardest thing to do.”