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Hostess Shutdown Reaching School Cafeteria Trays


The Hostess shutdown has made it's way onto school cafeteria trays.

Halting bread deliveries for the Kewanee, Carbon Cliff, and Colona school districts.

Their cafeteria managers have been shopping at grocery stores.

Hoping there's enough bread there, and paying a higher cost.

While they try to find a new supplier in case Wonder Bread doesn't come back.

"This is what we have left from Wonder Bread," says Eagle Ridge School Food Service Manager Adriano Leone.

With two packages of buns on the shelf Leone is doing something rare Tuesday. He's baking his own bread for students.

"The bread man comes two to three times a week with his normal delivery, well Monday we had tenderloin on bun, the bread never showed up."

With 250 students to feed, the school principal ran down the street.

"We had to hurry up, run to the new Aldi, and we got our buns we made it that day," says Leone.

He says that's a quick, unaffordable, fix. Retail prices cost more than the Hostess contract. That difference multiplies when 250 students eat bread four days a week.

"When they talked about Twinkies, that's all I paid attention to, and not comparing it with the bread company, I guess no one did," says Leone.

Colona Superintendent Kyle Ganson never expected Wonder Bread to stop deliveries. He says, "We thought we would get a phone call saying we don't anticipate we can make our bread delivery on Monday."

Ganson's priority now, get a steady supply before next Wednesday, when the cafeteria serves bread again.

"going forward and finishing out the remainder of the school year so that we can have our bread products to serve breakfast and lunch," says Ganson.

"I have the rest of the week to figure out a new plan," says Leone.

For now, they're just thankful Thanksgiving break ends school lunches Tuesday.

The school districts say they'll likely have to take bids on a new bread contract if the Hostess shutdown becomes permanent.

If the company reaches a deal with its union, bread deliveries could resume once production starts up again.

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