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Food Supply Shortages

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Dear OCS families,

As we continue to address the many ways the pandemic is affecting our communities and our everyday lives, we want you to be well informed that some key items needed for our school nutrition program are in short supply and we are not the only district experiencing this.  Schools across the country are facing supply chain shortages caused by limited supplies, delayed shipments, and not enough truck drivers in the country.

Our Child Nutrition program is currently experiencing short supply of plastic cutlery, trays/serving containers, and some staple food items (such as rice, pizza products, and chicken).  We want you to know that because of this, the menus for breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snacks may be subject to change without notice. Due to strict food safety regulations, our Child Nutrition program is unable to accept food donations.

Above all else, we want you to be assured that all students will continue to be offered nutritious and well-balanced meals.  We will ensure food item substitutes that meet the nutritional and calorie standards, per state and federal regulations, will be available in place of food items that we are unable to provide.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our Director of Child Nutrition, Sara Pitts, at sara.pitts@orange.k12.nc.us or (919) 732-8126.

Thank you for your support and patience. Please know that our staff is in constant contact with state consultants about the food/supply shortage issues.

Orange County Schools

* * * CLARIFICATION * * *

At this time, we would like to clarify that there is not a shortage of funds or food, but rather the timely delivery of these food items that we have already purchased/procured.

The “shortages” are in the supply chain. Therefore, the Child Nutrition Department will need to serve alternate food items that are not on current menus. We will do this by working with vendors other than the contracted suppliers to get these high-demand items for our meals.

In the meantime, Child Nutrition is very grateful for the offers and suggestions to provide food for Orange County Schools. But at this time, it is not necessary.  

We do welcome volunteer assistance. If you are interested in volunteering with the department, please call the office at 919-732-8126 for more details. We look forward to continuing to provide free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals to the students of OCS.