Maybe you know the routine. Every so often, I go through my refrigerator, check labels on the items, and throw out anything that’s a month, or a week, or maybe a few days past the date on the label. I might stop to sniff, but for my whole adult life, I’ve figured that the problem was obvious — my jam or almond milk or package of shredded Italian cheese blend had “expired” — and the fix was simple: Into the garbage it goes.
Read the full article from Vox here: https://www.vox.com/22559293/food-waste-expiration-label-best-before
USDA Announces Increased Funding to Support School Meals and to Help Continue Serving Healthy Meals to Kids
From the United States Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an adjustment in school meal reimbursements to help schools continue to serve children healthy and nutritious meals. This move will put an estimated $750 million more into school meal programs across the nation this year, making sure federal reimbursements keep pace with food and operational costs, while ensuring children continue to receive healthy meals at school.
Grocery store shelves across America are wiped clean, and they're staying empty as stores struggle to quickly restock everyday necessities such as milk, bread, meat, canned soups and cleaning products. Click here to read the full article from CNN Business: https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/11/business-food/grocery-store-shelves-empty/index.html
Empty shelves have returned at supermarkets as grocery employees call out sick and truckloads of food arrive late. To read the full article from CNBC, click here: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/11/empty-grocery-shelves-return-as-sick-employees-supply-chain-delays-collide.html
The new year hasn't stopped ongoing food shortages. Read the full article at USA Today here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/shopping/2022/01/12/shortage-grocery-store-empty-shelves/9178100002/
Cream cheese is one of the latest ingredients in short supply as food sellers scramble to meet elevated demand as labor shortages and port congestion have wreaked havoc on the supply chain. While backups at ports are starting to clear up, there is concern that the Omicron coronavirus variant will exacerbate global supply chain problems. Click here to read the full article from CNN.
Nearly two years into the Covid pandemic, the virus that has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands of Americans continues to disrupt the powerful supply chain that moves goods from factories to U.S. homes.
The problems seem endless and varied — creating headaches for manufacturers down to consumers. To read the full article from NBC News click here.
In a letter to families this week, Indiana School District, Noblesville Schools let them know supply chain issues are causing problems in the lunchroom, which means lunches will have much less variety than normal. Click here to read the full article.
Problems in the supply chain are showing up in many areas — from companies not producing enough product, to delivery delays and a shortage of workers in the trucking and warehousing industries. Keeping properly stocked with food is a particular issue for schools — and for food banks and pantries, which have seen spikes in hunger due to the pandemic. Click here to read the full article.
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