HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school system says it has revised its school lunch menu because of the federal government shutdown.
Vance County Schools officials announced on their Facebook page that starting Jan. 21, students will receive one main dish, bread, two vegetables, one fruit and milk. No fresh produce will be included, except at elementary schools as part of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, which will be reduced to two days a week.
There will be no bottled water and juice after the current stock is consumed, and no ice cream will be available.
WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported system spokeswoman Terri Hedrick said in a statement the system uses federal money to operate its nutrition program, but federal reimbursement usually comes in 30 days after the meals are served. Hedrick said it’s hoped the measure will ensure the system can provide students with meals.