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Cafeterias in K-12 schools across the country have reportedly faced depleted food supplies and labor shortages because of the coronavirus pandemic, leading some school districts to consider a return to remote learning rather than forcing students to go hungry.

An AL.com story on Monday said Alabama's education department reported every school district in the state is suffering from food and cafeteria workforce shortages. Other school districts throughout the country have faced the same problem, and federal agencies have scrambled to offer assistance.

The reasons cited for the shortages are pandemic-related. Cafeteria workers miss work after becoming sick with COVID-19 or because they're quarantining after being exposed to the virus. At the same time, truck companies have reported difficulties in filling positions, such as drivers to bring food and cutlery to schools, as have food production factories responsible for putting together student meals.
 

While schools have been scrambling, the federal government has tried to offer assistance. On September 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would provide $1.5 billion in emergency funds to help schools feed students. The agency said in a statement that the funds will "enhance the toolbox for school nutrition professionals working hard to make sure students have reliable access to healthy meals."

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  • Vouchers, excellent idea. Remove taxes from Education until an "Agreed Concensus" (How?), is reached among American Citizens. Feed the kids or don't feed the kids? Really? Hungry or not, fed at home, by home at school by school, the education sucks! Kids graduate knowing less than the those the previous year. Even if attending a school no adult can assist them in telling "What's a Big and Who's a Girl?" They come into a World where "Not Working" earns a better living than "Working" and "Yes, it is a Law, but inhuman to enforce!" A World where Kids observe people living on Sidewalks are more well protected by City Governments than the Store Owners sharing those same sidewalks and paying taxes. A World where Kids Graduate to see Adult Citizens appear powerless to stop all the "Things Governments are doing to hurt them and their Families" except to rant, rave and piss into the wind without reaching a single "Common Agreement" of How To Fix One Issue! What fine examples we are.

    Lynn Bryant DeSpain

    • I disagree that schools have a responsibility to feed the kids.   BROWN BAG IT.   IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS TO FEED THEIR KIDS.

      LET SCHOOLS/TEACHERS FOCUS ON THE BASICS OF EDUCATION.    Leave the parenting to parents.

      If you don't like homeless people, wait til ya see what happens with millions more BORDER HOPPERS.   WE HAVE A HOUSING SHORTAGE.   EITHER THEY BRING THEIR HOUSES WITH THEM OR THEY WILL BE PUTTING AMERICANS OUT OF THEIRS.   

       

    • The solution is an integral part of the discourse... when one uses a little CRITICAL THINKING it becomes obvious... This short essay elicits no detailed solution, it seeks merely to provide a cursory view of the primary problem with the government.  That problem is the failure of our citizens to fulfill their moral duty to the Republic; too, become actively engaged in governing, thru personal oversight and due diligence.  It should be obvious to the discerning individual that the public has abandoned our forefather's moral compass and the fundamental precepts necessary for good government.

    • The problem is that the government has sought to do too much.   There is much to be learned and gained from personal responsibility.   It's not the government or our neighbors' responsibility to put food on our table.   Or to provide water, electric, clothing, heating, or anything else.   

      When we were teenagers, or really even younger than that, we learned that there is some pride of accomplishment that comes with learning skills as simple as making our own bed, picking up our stuff.   Doing our own laundry, fixing even a simple basic meal.  And, then a rudimentary job such as even delivering newspapers.   There is the PRIDE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT that one only gets by DOING.    Giving stuff or money for doing nothing will never replace that.   IN FACT, IT DEPRIVES THE RECIPIENT OF LEARNING THAT GREAT FEELING THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER SIMPLE STEP OF GROWING UP.

      Take away all the gimmes and people will be so much better off in the long run.   

      Nobody will starve to death for the lack of a few bucks, but they will starve for life if they FAIL TO LEARN THE PRIDE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.

    • The Government is the Public... the instrument of the electorate.  In this case, the public has neglected to restrain it.  Government is now a self-fulfilling agency finding new needs for expansion everywhere it looks. It is the Public's duty and responsibility to lock down such abuses of power.

  • The job of schools and teachers is to TEACH, TO EDUCATE.  

    IT is NOT the responsibility of schools or teachers to FEED THE STUDENTS.   TEACHERS ARE FAILING TO TEACH and that is based on the test scores of those students.   FEEDING THEM WILL DO NOTHING TO CHANGE THAT FAILURE.    

    DO YOUR JOB AND LET THEM BROWNBAG IT.   MINE DID BY CHOICE.   MY GRANDKIDS WAIT TIL THEY GET HOME TO EAT EVER SINCE BIG MIKE SCREWED UP SCHOOL LUNCHES ANYWAY.

     

    DO YOUR JOB.   TEACH OUR KIDS.   38TH PLACE IS BENEATH WHAT WE ARE PAYING FOR.

    • Exactly Marlene...

      Time to gove parents Education Vouchers for the FULL AMOUNT the State pays to educate their children.  Dump the Public Schools... defund them.  We are first on the amount we pay for education and 38th in the world based on objective testing.  That is disgraceful.  FIRE THE BUMS running our public schools and NEVER let near children again.  Stop federal funds to the Universities that have majored in producing educators they are dens for Marxist ideology and social chaos.

    • I COMPLETELY AGREE.

  • Perhaps you're right Lois. Perhaps we should all just run through the jungle with survival of the fittest. After all, I have mine and if I run out, I have the ways and means to take yours. Perhaps we've run out of time debating what to do, or not to do, next. Perhaps no one cares enough anymore to agree on a single starting point to begin. Perhaps boredom sets in whenever a suggestion is confronted with a thousand reasons why it cannot work, or other better choices. Perhaps it is just best to wander off and find something to eat, then read, relax and sleep.

    Lynn Bryant DeSpain

    • "Perhaps we've run out of time debating what to do, or not to do, next. Perhaps no one cares enough anymore to agree on a single starting point to begin. Perhaps boredom sets in whenever a suggestion is confronted with a thousand reasons why it cannot work, or other better choices. Perhaps it is just best to wander off and find something to eat, then read, relax and sleep." Quote Lynn above.

      I read your frustration... However, all of the points you made can be quickly satisfied by GOOD LEADERSHIP... with proper organization, defined objectives, and the funding needed to put it all together, the Patriot movement would find the wings to fly. Political movements are expensive and require the full commitment of their leadership.  There is an obvious hesitation among conservatives by their nature.  That hesitation becomes more pronounced in those capable of fulfilling the needed leadership and funding; as it is they who risk everything, for what has been an elusive target ... Constitutional reform.

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