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Lunches may be going old school as Hickman Mills District loses main food supplier

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Today's school lunch includes healthier spins on old standards. This meal includes a hamburger with no cheese on a whole wheat bun and a fresh salad, instead of french fries.
Grant Gerlock
Harvest Public Media
School lunch items like those above are getting harder to find in some school cafeterias.

Hickman Mills is just one school district in the Kansas City metro area whose students may have to bring their lunches, if there's any food at home.

The pandemic has undermined the food supply chain causing problems for the Hickman Mills School District.

Especially at risk are kids from low-income families that would be hard-pressed to replace these meals on their own.

Hickman Mills is one of the few districts in Kansas City that supplies breakfast, lunch and dinner to the students and families that need assistance, serving up to 7,500 meals a day.

Grennan Sims, RD, LD, Director of Nutrition Services for the Hickman Mills School District says she's been working with the Hickman Mills school district for almost 23 years and has "never seen anything like this before".

  • Grennan Sims, RD, LD, Director of Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills School District
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