(Republican Party News) – There have been many failures and debacles during the last 10 months of the Joe Biden administration. We’ve witnessed the complete implosion of Afghanistan thanks to the troop withdrawal disaster that left 13 American service members dead. There’s the border crisis too, which is still ongoing that this administration has done nothing to stop.
And now, according to a report coming from BizPacReview, it seems Biden’s administration could be starving our children. One of the points made in this piece is that if you took out “Biden” from the headlines of this story and replaced his name with “Trump,” liberals would find that to be completely and totally acceptable.
To be honest, that is precisely how the media would have reported the story, too. It would have been a great anti-Trump headline that would have fit with the narrative major news outlets have been told to craft by progressives.
Now, the story notes that Biden’s policies are not specifically starving children, but they are hurting a lot of different people in our country and even some from around the world.
“Supply chain problems have caused a food shortage in at least one Alabama school district, prompting administrators to request that parents begin feeding their children at home or sending them to school with sufficient snacks for the school day, Fox News reported,” the BPR piece stated.
“An October 9th post on the Alexander City Schools Facebook page explained that the city’s schools had not received food deliveries in a number of weeks due to ‘suppliers who are short on supplies, drivers and even warehouse employees,'” the report continued.
“Alexander city schools normally provide both breakfast and lunch to students, and they warned that breakfast service would suffer the effects of a shortage before lunch would in the coming weeks. School district officials said they are opening accounts with alternate vendors to augment their food supply options,” BPR added.
“If possible, we ask that you feed your student breakfast prior to school or try to send a snack. Some of you have noticed our menus have not been updated regularly. When supplies do arrive, we do not always receive what we have requested; therefore altering the menus. This is a situation that is frustrating for you as a parent, and for us as well as our ability to feed our students is being greatly impacted,” the post went on to say.
Alexander City Schools were very grateful to have all the support and understanding of parents who have children attending their schools and from other members of the community during this difficult time.
“Alexander City Schools felt it was necessary to alert our parents of the ongoing supply chain issues. We also wanted to notify parents that menu selections could be limited based on item availability during weekly deliveries. At no time were our students not offered or served a meal for lunch or breakfast,” the district said.
Officials have stated that they are currently involved in a working partnership with Southern Food Services to try and help reduce the strain and help further Child Nutrition Programs. They promised to inform parents of any changes to the menu the night before through social media.
“Our mission is to inspire hope and create pathways for student success. Nutrition has the potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and behavior which impacts their ability to be successful in the classroom. For this reason, we will continue to make substitutions when necessary and/or limit menu options in order to continue to feed our students,” Alexander City Schools went on to write.
“Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we face this nationwide issue,” the district continued.
“Alexander City had a total of five schools with more than 3,000 students for the 2020 to 2021 school year, indicating that cities with more schools and much larger student body populations could potentially face the same shortages very soon. AL.com reported Monday that the district had 2,870 students last school year, with 65 percent enrolled in free and reduced-price meals, citing data from the Alabama State Department of Education,” BPR stated.
The outlet then went on to point out that southeastern Alabama’s Dothan City Schools asked the parents of students back in September to prepare for a potential shift over to remote learning due to the food shortage.
“As a last resort, we may also ask that you prepare to have virtual/remote school days a few days out of the week to alleviate the stress of our food supplies. Rest assured, breakfast and lunch at no charge will continue to be available to all students. However, we face a situation where we must do everything we can to continue providing a nurturing environment for our students to learn and grow,” Superintendent Dennis Coe stated in a September 23 Facebook post. “Your support would be greatly appreciated.”
“We are connecting local farmers with schools to the extent possible but this is only a drop in the bucket,” Don Wambles, who serves as the director of the Farmers Market Authority, then said to AL.com. “Otherwise, we are communicating with the Dept. of Ed almost daily. I am not aware of an effort for the State to step in.”
Back in September, the USDA pledged to invest up to %1.5 billion in order to help schools all over the United States to mitigate the current disruptions to the supply chain.
“American agriculture currently faces unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went on to say in a statement. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every stage of our food supply chain, from commodity production through processing and delivery. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners increasingly experience the impacts of climate change as severe storms, floods, drought and wildfire events damage their operations and impact their livelihoods. We know these challenges will continue into 2022 and others may emerge.”
“Through this comprehensive set of investments, USDA will take action to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, assist producers grappling with drought and market disruptions and help school nutrition professionals obtain nutritious food for students. Tackling these challenges head-on better positions USDA to respond in the future as new challenges emerge,” he added.
Specific details concerning how the funds will then be allocated have not yet been handed out to individual states, however a Tuesday news release stated that the department was hard at work to approve state plans to dole out the funds for school meals through the Child Nutrition Emergency Operation Costs Reimbursement Programs, which will “help offset the costs child nutrition program operators incurred during the early months of the pandemic.”
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