Gwinnett County - There will be no hot dogs served in Gwinnett County schools today due to Hostess shuttering its doors.
The school district had been under contract with the bread company for the past two years and found out last week when the rest of the world did that Hostess would be closing over its labor disputes.
“It came to a bit of a surprise when we found out,” says Gwinnett nutrition education coordinator, Karen Wallford.
She tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish the district has had to scramble to make adjustments including pulling out frozen and pantry items to replace many those dishes that require buns. Some schools have also been sharing what bread supplies they still have.
Wallford says some bread items are still available since the county typically has more than one vendor for its products.
“We’ve just moved menu items around, if we had to eliminate some items altogether… then that’s just what we had to do,” she says. “But our menus have such variety that even if one menu item isn’t there one day, they still have other options to choose from.”
All 128 schools were getting two deliveries a week from Hostess including loaves of bread as well as hamburger and hotdog buns.
Wallford says the county has started the bidding process to find a replacement vendor and is hoping one will be chosen by the time the students return from Christmas break.