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Supply-chain issues could impact Richmond County school meals

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Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 11:42 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Global supply-chain issues are affecting local school districts, which are bracing for a food-supply shortage and warning parents they may have to pitch in.

The Richmond County School District sent a letter to parents saying they are working to resolve the shortages to make sure kids are able to have the nutrients they need.

How worried should parents be? The president of the school board says warning alarms should be going off – but it’s not a fire alarm just yet.

“I would highly suggest that parents be prepared to help out the school system in providing bagged lunches,” said Charlie Hannah, president of the Richmond County Board of Education.

But in a school district where 100 percent of the student body receives meals at no charge, that’s a pretty big warning notice.

“We’re not at a stage that we would consider this a red alert,” she said.

The school system sent the letter to parents telling them their children’s nutrition program might be affected by the global supply-chain shortage. With so many ships unable to dock offshore and trucking companies dealing with staffing shortages, it’s not just your Christmas gifts where we’ll see the effects.

School leaders say they are aware of the possibility but are not too concerned yet.

“I would say the amber lights are flashing a little bit,” she said.

The director of nutrition services with the school system tried to put parents’ fears at ease, saying, “So far, we have not had issues with being able to follow the menu but we did want to warn parents of the possibility.”

The president of the school board is hoping the supply-chain issues are short-lived and has confidence the nutrition program will be creative and resilient.

The district is “prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that our students continue to receive FDA-approved meals,” said Hannah.

The letter also says the nutrition program and school nurses are working together to make sure the menu accommodates students with special dietary needs.

READ THE LETTER:

Richmond County Schools food shortage letter
Richmond County Schools food shortage letter(WRDW)

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