QPS works to head off supply chain issues

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 4:50 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) -The Quincy Public School District is working to get ahead of supply chain issues to make sure the district has the food, supplies and transportation it needs for the remainder of the school year.

QPS Director of Food Schools Jean Kinder said that last year their supplier, Kohl Wholesale, had warehouses full of food, so the district wasn’t affected as much by supply chain issues.

This year though, the district is taking precautions. Due to the current supply chain unpredictability, there are concerns of some items running low.

“They are just not able to produce things quickly enough,” Kinder said. “So manufacturers are really pairing down what they are offering, just like with cars or whatnot. They are really pairing down what they are offering for food as well. Just focusing on the basics or their most popular items.”

Kinder said suppliers will work to substitute what they don’t have. and QPS will adjust their menus as well to fit with any current shortages.

The bid for food is a little more expensive this year than last, but federal money from the School Lunch Program has helped offset the costs.

The plan will be voted on tonight by the school board, where it is expected it to pass.

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