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Keeping students fed during a pandemic: staffing, supply chain and fund balance issues

Ordering supplies

Janice Murray, food service director for Cambridge School District, pictured in her office working on a supply order said ordering has been much more complicated due to supply chain disruptions.

Keeping track

ABOVE: Krista Jones, Nikolay Middle School principal, is pictured in the middle school’s cafeteria, keeping a tally of students as they go through the lunch line.

When schools switched to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts like in Marshall, Waterloo, Cambridge and Deerfield, along with schools nationwide, had to reimagine food service operations to ensure students were getting fed.

This, according to Cambridge food service director, Janice Murray, changed everything for school food service programs.

Keeping track

ABOVE: Krista Jones, Nikolay Middle School principal, is pictured in the middle school’s cafeteria, keeping a tally of students as they go through the lunch line.