Alexandra Devine – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS students served despite supply shortages

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Food shortages across the country have led to a lack of supplies for everyone and an increase in frustration and stress. LRHS is one of the many schools nationwide facing shortages of school-lunch food.

At LRHS, the cafeteria has overcome supply issues such as limited food and drink items. 

LRHS cafeteria manager Amanda Farrelly said the situation requires flexibility.

“The shortages affect the menu and often I must make changes and use what we have, rather than serve what is on the menu,” she said.

The LRHS cafeteria has been missing Mustangs favorites such as wing zings, ranch, and hot sauce. Items such as bottled water are hard to find which can also affect other drinks such as juice.

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Farrelly said the cafeteria staff and students will be forced to make due for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t think that the supply issues will be fixed anytime soon. Many companies are short with employees, like US Foods,” she said.

The shortages have had greater impact in other parts of the country.

The Washington Post said, “School districts in Kansas can’t get whole-wheat flour, ranch dressing, or Crispitos rolled tacos…in Dallas, they can’t put their hands on flatware, plates, and napkins.”

They credited this growing crisis to many factors such as product shortfalls, delivery delays, and labor shortages.