Knife fight: North Carolina high school rations utensils amid supply chain crisis

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A North Carolina high school is not forking over its supply of tableware, refusing to spoon out plastic utensils for students amid a supply chain crisis.

Instead of allowing students to grab their utensils freely, New Bern High School is now having the cafeteria workers hand out the utensils in an effort to restrict how many forks and spoons each student gets for lunch.

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"We have the cashiers giving out one per student," Lauren Weyand, the nutrition director for Craven County, told WITN.

Weyand said the county is also having difficulty ordering containers and five-compartment lunch trays.

"We have them cutting the containers so they're using both sides," she said. "So, the closed compartment, they cut that, and then they're able to use the both sides so it'll last twice as long."

The United States is facing a supply chain crisis consisting of clogged ports, rising shipping costs, skyrocketing food prices, and bare shelves in grocery and department stores across the nation.

On Oct. 7, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released data showing food prices rose to their highest in a decade.

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Weyand said to the outlet that the supply chain crisis has forced the county to "think outside of the box" when it comes to finding food, adding that they have been buying meat directly from growers and processors in the state of North Carolina.

The Washington Examiner reached out to New Bern High School for a statement but did not receive a response back.

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