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Supply chain issues affect Asheville school lunch options

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FILE IMAGE - Milk carton on a school lunch tray in Buncombe County. (Photo: WLOS Staff)

Supply chain issues are affecting more than just what's available at your favorite restaurant. Local school districts are also feeling the impact.

Asheville City School officials say the district's nutrition program is having trouble getting chicken.

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School officials say, as with school nutrition programs across the nation, the district is experiencing supply chain issues because of limited product availability, nationwide transportation challenges, and supplier labor shortages.

In response, the school district says it will serve alternative meals based on the substitute items the school nutrition department receives.

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"Despite the replaced items, please know that our students continue to be served healthy breakfasts and lunches that meet the meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program," the school district said in a statement sent to News13.

Read the full statement from Asheville City Schools below:

“We know that school meals fuel our Cougar Family throughout the day, which is why we’re looking forward to continuing to provide all students with nutritious, no-cost breakfasts and lunches this year. As shared, School Nutrition Programs across the country are experiencing supply chain issues due to limited product availability, nationwide transportation challenges and supplier’s labor shortages. At this time, Asheville City Schools is having difficulty receiving chicken. Therefore, we are responding by serving alternative meals based on the substitute items our School Nutrition Department receives. Despite the replaced items, please know that our students continue to be served healthy breakfasts and lunches that meet the meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program. We appreciate the continued patience of our students and families.”
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