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Martin County School District changing menu as food shortages of kids' favorites continue

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 12:03:21-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — As parents struggle to find some of their children's favorite snacks and juice boxes at grocery stores, school districts are also having to adjust.

The Martin County School District announced they will be making changes to their menu for students.

The school district posted that they're experiencing unprecedented food cuts without prior notice from their suppliers. The shortages are causing significant menu changes that even effect allergy adjusted meal plans.

If you have any questions about specific changes, you're asked to email AskFNS@martinschools.org or call (772) 223-2655 ext. 58100.

Why so many shortages all of a sudden?
Unlike the toilet paper and cleaning supply shortages of 2020, now you never know which products you like that will be in short supply from day to day.

The Wall Street Journal pointed to a variety of contributing factors:

  • Overseas shipping bottlenecks
    • Staff shortages at processing plants
    • Trucker shortages
    • Nabisco bakers strike now, on top of everything else, threatening Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers supplies.

    Experts say to expect spot shortage into the winter so plan ahead.