Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

School nutrition programs focus on both recruitment and retention strategies to address staff vacancies.

Three years into a pandemic that has disrupted every aspect of our lives, many school districts across the country are struggling with staggering staffing shortages while also navigating an ever-shifting landscape of regulatory changes, supply shortfalls and COVID-19 positivity rates. Recruiting new employees and retaining staff in a competitive marketplace isn’t unique to school foodservice—every industry is feeling the pinch. But whether striving to address immediate problems or in the growing recognition that today’s workforce issues are just a tipping point, school nutrition operators are, once again, getting creative in their efforts to rise to these latest challenges. School Nutrition reached out to a handful of districts to learn what they’re doing to fill vacancies and support the staff who have stuck it out...

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