The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted school meal operations and has contributed to lasting supply chain issues affecting the cost and availability of food and labor. To provide the best possible support to states and child nutrition program operators, FNS has increased its engagement with schools and school food authorities (SFAs) to collect timely and accurate information regarding current school food challenges.
The first School Food Authority Survey on Supply Chain Disruptions was administered by FNS from Nov. 8, 2021, to Dec. 13, 2021, and was published in March 2022 to gather information on the scope of supply chain disruptions during school year (SY) 2021–22.
The School Food Authority Survey II on Supply Chain Disruption and Student Participation was administered by FNS from Nov. 22, 2022, to Jan. 6, 2023, through a 20-minute online questionnaire. The survey was sent to all SFAs operating child nutrition programs in schools to gather information on the impacts of continued supply chain disruptions and the return to standard operations during SY 2022–23. The response rate for the survey was 75 percent with SFAs from all states and territories responding. The results were weighted to be nationally representative.