ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Supply chain disruptions are forcing New Mexico’s largest school district into finding creative ways to make sure students don’t go hungry. Albuquerque Public Schools says it’s dealing with rising food costs and a big backlog of products.
“There’s a backlog of every kind of supply you can imagine. It’s food, it’s paper goods, it’s utensils, it’s all of that. We’ve had to become very creative,” APS Spokesperson Monica Armenta stated.
The district says it is looking to businesses and universities that may have over-bought supplies. “We may get trays that have a college logo, but we still have to continue to provide those meals,” said Armenta. APS says USDA waivers let them substitute meals depending on food availability.
“If, for example, the menu calls one day for turkey legs and we don’t get turkey legs, then we can do a turkey sandwich,” Armenta added. Getting food to students also presents a challenge, with APS down about 100 cafeteria workers and at least ten food and nutrition service drivers, leading them to shift other workers to help put meals together.
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In the district of 75,000 students, they’re serving an estimated 44,000 lunches and 22,000 breakfasts a day. “We’ve not had to stop serving meals at any of our schools,” Armenta explained.
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