Tuscaloosa County schools working around food supply chain shortages

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

Like many other school systems across the state, the Tuscaloosa County School System is dealing with supply chain issues for its food deliveries.

But system officials are assuring parents their children are not going hungry.

“Whenever you see food supply shortages it makes parents nervous,” said TCSS Director of Child Nutrition Donette Worthy. “But I do want parents to know that even though there are headaches and times where we honestly don’t know if we’re going to get a truck or know what’s going to be on the truck, your child is going to get fed.”

Worthy said their biggest problem is getting the food they’ve ordered from the distributors into schools. So they’re working around it with an ordering strategy that ensures they’ll always have enough for their cafeterias.

“The supply chain issue we are facing right now is America hasn’t gone back to work fully,” Worthy said. “So we have manufacturing companies are not able to produce the same amount of food that they were this time last year or even two years ago.”

Worthy said the school system “will move mountains” to make sure students are fed and cared for so they can be successful in the classroom.

All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this year.

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