Overwhelmed lunch vendor steps back from elementary schools through Labor Day

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Families of students at Piedmont’s three elementary schools received an urgent text and email communication from the district’s Nutrition Services office Tuesday afternoon announcing an abrupt, temporary shift in the free school lunches plan that began under a new California law this academic year.

LunchMasters provides breakfast and lunch to students at the schools. Families must order their students’ specific menu choices several days in advance.

From the email:

We just received communication from LunchMasters, the vendor who provides the breakfasts and lunches for our elementary students, that they will not be providing meals from Thursday, August 25, through Monday, September 5.  They will resume deliveries following the Labor Day weekend.  Not anticipating the volume of meals that would be ordered in the first few weeks of school, they need the time “to re-organize, bring in more products and access more equipment.”  

Neither LunchMasters nor Piedmont USD was expecting this sudden closure.  However, the Piedmont USD Nutrition Services team will continue to provide free breakfasts and lunches while LunchMasters re-groups.  We will not be able to take orders, however, we will have enough breakfast and lunch available for all students who request one.

According to the email, the district is developing a menu of lunch items and will provide a menu by Friday.

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