EDUCATION

Supply shortage has schools improvising lunch menus

Feb 23, 2022, 7:59 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 4:51 pm

Nutrition services managers with Davis County School District keep a running tally of what supplies and foods are missing.

It’s how the staff gets a clear picture of what menu plans are going to need some quick changes.

The director here for Davis County, Natalie Bradford, says it means a lot of added stress, as the plans are constantly changing.

“So right now you can see that we’ve got a list of paper goods,” Bradford said. “This has been really important for us to be able to see, because a lot of the food items that we serve, we need to have specialized containers for them.”

That means sometimes they can’t even serve some of the foods they do have.

Natalie Bradford shows KSL TV the board her staff keeps of current supply shortages affecting their menus. (KSL TV)

“So… the menu’s changing at a moment’s notice, yeah,” Bradford said. “But, it’s also stressful out in the schools because they aren’t getting the product that they thought they were.”

It’s like pieces of a puzzle. They also have to fulfill certain nutrition standards.

“Out creativity is being stretched,” she said.

Bradford says they’ve been able to keep up with all of those required standards, except for one right now.

“We’re having a really hard time getting milk right now,” she said. “The dairy that we purchase from is having as hard of time with labor and supply chain issues as we are.”

Bradford says they are able to file for a waiver of the nutrition standards, due to the current challenges.

District-wide, Bradford says they have 73 openings in nutrition services. Add to that, the fact that schools are feeding more kids than before during the pandemic, with universal free lunch.

Food supplies at Davis County School District. (KSL TV)

“This is something we’re seeing all across the state and all across the nation,” she said.

But Bradford says aside from the milk issue, they are getting by. The menus just aren’t as varied as they’d like.

And they’ll continue to do what they can knowing the shortages won’t last forever.

“But we really appreciate that parents have been so supportive,” Bradford added. “Without that parent support, it would be a lot harder to do what we’re doing.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Education

The University of Arizona is waiving tuition and fees for undergraduate students enrolled in one of...
Harmeet Kaur, CNN

University of Arizona will waive college tuition for Native students in the state

The University of Arizona announced this week that it will soon waive tuition and fees for undergraduate students enrolled in one of the state's 22 federally recognized tribes.
7 days ago
Baker-Berry Library on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Friday, ...
Amir Vera and Melissa Alonso, CNN

Dartmouth College eliminates undergraduate student loans, replaces them with scholarship grants

Dartmouth College announced Tuesday it was eliminating student loans for undergraduates and replacing them with "expanded scholarship grants," the university said in a news release.
15 days ago
FILE: The U.S. Supreme Court is shown on April 25, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsc...
MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

High court rules religious schools can get Maine tuition aid

The Supreme Court has ruled that religious schools can’t be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education.
15 days ago
A Davis County School District getting ready for it's new lawn....
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Davis School District showcases their water saving efforts

Many Utahns are cutting their outdoor watering amid the drought. The Davis School District aims to cut their outdoor water use nearly in half.
21 days ago
Salt Lake Community College...
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

SLCC found to have violated Title IX, Section 504 following pregnancy discrimination investigation

The Salt Lake Community College was found Tuesday to have violated Title IX and Section 504 after the school allegedly encouraged a student to drop a course because she was pregnant, and did not provide her with academic adjustments or necessary services during her pregnancy.
21 days ago
Active shooter training is underway at Roy High School....
Dan Rascon, KSL TV

‘We are preparing for the worst’: Utah officers train for an active shooter in a school

Officers from five police agencies across the Wasatch Front are at Roy High School this week for some critical active shooter training.
23 days ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Supply shortage has schools improvising lunch menus