In this month’s recap of the Top 5 most popular K-12 Food Management articles, Staff and product shortages, delivery delays hamper fall school start ranked as the week’s top story. Some universities and K-12 school districts have begun fall academic schedules as August nears its end, and their experience is showing signs that troubled times may be ahead for their dining programs beyond the uncertainty brought on by the resurgence of the COVID virus through mutated strains like the Delta Variant, which has some institutions rethinking in-person instruction.
Among other stories in this week’s gallery:
- USDA extends Seamless Summer Option through June 2022 to support reopened schools this fall
- Elior’s K-12 Global Bites brings ethnic LTOs to schools
In other news, an extensive renovation of the Englewood High School cafeteria in Florida’s Duval County Public School District included doubling the number of serving lines from two to four, upgrading the equipment and finishes, and installing new furniture, paint and décor. As a result, before schools closed due to COVID-19 in spring 2020, participation had increased 27%, from about 750 to an average of 1,000 students per day, a positive result that should translate to when classes resume this fall.
Click through the gallery to see other trending stories in the K-12 segment.