MN schools struggling to feed students after provider cancels contract amid labor and supply-chain chaos. ‘It’s kind of every district for itself…’

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  • Some Minnesota school districts are struggling to source enough food, The Star Tribune reported.
  • Their provider ended its contract because of supply-chain and labor issues, per The Tribune.
  • Districts said they were forced to switch between temporary providers to plug the gap.

School districts in northwestern Minnesota are struggling to feed their students after their provider ended its contract because of the supply-chain chaos and labor shortageThe Star Tribune first reported.

Food distributor Cash-Wa ended its contract with the Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC), which supplies around 57 school districts, earlier this month after giving notice in September, the publication reported.

A Minnesota Department of Education spokesperson told Insider that Cash-Wa had ended the contract “due to labor constraints.”

“It’s kind of every district for itself right now,” Jeremy Olson, superintendent of Crookston Public Schools, said. “It’s week-to-week whether or not we’re going to be able to get food.”

He said the district was switching between temporary providers to get food “wherever we can.”

Krystal Boyd, food-service director at Perham-Dent Public Schools, told The Tribune it was using two temporary providers because neither had the food or delivery drivers to supply the district on its own.

She said that its schools once had to throw away more than 250 servings of food after being forced to turn to different brands which she said didn’t taste as good.

“It’s just been a headache for food service directors up here,” Boyd said.

The Minnesota Department of Education spokesperson said that it had an emergency contract with a trucking company to supply some US Department of Agriculture commodity foods to the districts. The spokesperson told The Tribune that the cooperative was looking for a new food provider but that none had applied.

Read the full article at Yahoo News.

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