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Nutrition programs persevere through supply chain disruptions

10/12/2021

School breakfast and lunch play a critical role in meeting the needs of the whole child. This year, many school food service directors have encountered the same message when ordering food and supplies: “out of stock.” With the global supply chain still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, deliveries take longer and orders may require substitutions. In some cases, manufacturers offer only a limited quantity each week. Finding sources of food has become a high priority. School food programs around the state have adapted menus and service models to ensure children continue to receive breakfast and lunch.

To help support schools in meeting these new challenges, the Department’s Office of Nutrition administers the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods program for all Ohio schools. USDA Foods is an important part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The program provides additional sources for many popular food items. Available items range from fresh fruits and vegetables to finished products like breadsticks or breakfast pizza. The USDA Foods team holds monthly town hall webinars, offers program guidance and monitors the food supply chain on a state and national level. The Department’s YouTube channel features an introductory webinar recording to learn more.

Please contact the Office of Nutrition at 614-466-2945 or email Brian Davis, Christine Farmer or Justin Chapman with any questions or for more information.