PSD’s milk is sourced for local dairies, but unfortunately, they are struggling to keep up with the demand and due to supply chain shortages impacting the food service industry. School districts are consistently not receiving the milk, food and supplies ordered.
This week vendors estimated PSD schools will be shorted 55,000 servings of milk. Our purchasing team continues to work with other vendors for other milk suppliers and alternatives such as bottled water. The district will continue to pursue alternatives but with shortages and limited distribution it is likely that schools will have days with no beverages provided in the cafeteria for breakfast or lunch. This school year vendors are not communicating shortages prior to their morning deliveries. This includes shortages of bread, produce, chicken, beef and cheese to name a few. This is putting everyone in a tough position for communication and substitutions. The district continues to encourage schools to ask students to bring a water bottle to school to stay hydrated throughout the day.
PSD Child Nutrition will continue to work to ensure every student that wants a meal receives one. Unfortunately, daily meal substitutions are required as our teams work to serve 18,000+ meals daily. Customers are encouraged to bring meals from home if they are concerned about alternative menu items served in cafeterias. PSD’s vendors and the United States Department of Agriculture anticipate food, beverage and supply chain issues to continue throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate through these difficult times. Contact the Child Nutrition office at 970-490-3557 if you need other information.