School lunches are not like what you remember growing up or even what they were before the pandemic. In March 2020, food service at schools like Sturgeon Bay had to switch from serving students in a line to boxing them up for delivery during the summer. For the last two years, school lunches went from being free and reduced for those qualified to complimentary for all as students made their way back into the lunch room. So far this year, the lunchroom operates similarly to what it was before the pandemic, but some factors still linger. For starters, Sturgeon Bay School District Food Service Director Jenny Spude says the option to have a free breakfast as they have had for the last two years stuck around because of all of the positives that surround it.
Much like your shopping experience, Spude has had to change things on the fly menu-wise as the supply for some products like tortillas can flux in a given week. She also says their bills have gone up as well.
Spude credits local suppliers for helping her fill in voids in her menu when she cannot get certain items from her two main vendors.