Lincoln Public Schools among many experiencing rising cost of food and freight

Like much of the country and the world, Lincoln Public Schools is seeing the effects of the supply chain issues when it comes to feeding tens of thousands of students everyday.
P Food Shortages At Lps 10 Pm News Pkg 12122 Rpawloski00 01 11 37still001

LINCOLN, NE(KLKN)-Like much of the country and the world, Lincoln Public Schools is seeing the effects of the supply chain issues when it comes to feeding tens of thousands of students everyday.

“We’re feeding about 7,500 breakfasts today and about 26,000 lunches a day. Some of the breakfast items that have increased recently, I’m seeing a 10% increase on one of our breakfast items that we serve once every two weeks. You know, that adds up over time,” Andrew Ashelford, LPS Director of Nutrition Services, said.

Ashelford said when it comes to the budget for food services, most of it usually goes to labor, but with multiple spots to fill right now and the higher cost of food, numbers are adding up.

Thankfully, the district and families won’t see a huge dent in the pocketbooks at the end of the day because of help from the USDA.

“USDA did announce a $1.5 billion that’s going to be coming down to schools in the coming months, which really helped us out. Especially as the supply chain disruptions and food costs increase, they should really help us out,” Ashelford said.

On top of that, schools are still able to offer all students free breakfast and lunch due to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option that provides funding.

Categories: Lancaster, Nebraska News, News