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Hostess closure leaves Quincy Public Schools without bread supplier


The Hostess shut down on Friday not only affected jobs and treat lovers in the tri-states, but it had a direct impact on your child's school lunch.

Quincy public schools used a hostess brand as their bread supplier.

So with no bread and no supplier, how did the district feed kids?

Washington Elementary students still got their meals today, but only after Hy-Vee on Broadway stepped up to supply the entire school district with bread.

That will last them through the end of the week, but now the real question is--how will your children get the food they need for the rest of the school year?

Students at Washington elementary Monday walked through the lunch line like any other day, but something was different.

"It tastes good and healthy."
"I like it and it tastes good."
"It is yummy," said Washington Elementary students.

But in order to get that fresh bread, jean kinder, QPS' food services director, Jean Kinder had to figure out how to feed hundreds of kids after hostess went out of business.

And she needed a solution, fast.

"Hy-vee was amazing I called them up Friday and she didn't even know what quantities I needed, she said 'no we'll make it happen' we'll bake it if we have to," said Kinder.

And they did.

These counter tops at the hy-vee on Broadway were filled to capacity this morning with over 3000 bread items. An amount Hy-Vee bakers had to work together to fulfill.

"They really stepped up, some stayed late, some came early some stayed all night making sure the product was ready to go this morning when they needed to pick that up and get it to the schools," said Mark Lammers, Hy-Vee on Broadway's Store Director.

While the decision to go with Hy-Vee was a quick fix, Kinder says major decisions still need to be made.

"We're in a mad scramble trying to figure out what we're going to do, we're going to try and get through this week and eventually we'll probably have to put it back out for bid to see who's going to sell us our bread in the future," said Kinder.

Kinder says the district hasn't picked out a bread supplier yet, they are still looking for the best option not only for the district but for kids as well.


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