Hostess closure affects Mississippi lunchrooms - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hostess closure affects Mississippi lunchrooms

Posted: Updated:
DESOTO COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of Mississippi school districts need a new supplier for bread and rolls for their lunchrooms now that Hostess is shutting down.

Hostess is the supplier of bread for many schools across the state including DeSoto County. Many schools now have to find an alternative since Hostess is no longer able to service their contracts.

The Mississippi Department of Education says school lunch menus in six out of seven regions of the state will be affected by the bread company's closure.

Cynthia Coleman, Child Nutrition Director for DeSoto County Schools, says her district only uses Hostess for one product – fresh bread.

However, DeSoto County now plans to go with a frozen food vendor by the name of Merchants. The vendor is expected to ship whole grain loaf bread to schools district around December 5.

While many schools across the state of Mississippi have been forced to make drastic menu changes to accommodate for the lack of fresh bread deliveries, Coleman says that is not the case in DeSoto County.

"Hostess had done a good job letting us know this was in the works and about to happen, so I had gotten a call a week prior so I was able to rework my menu for the one menu item we buy from them, so it hasn't been a huge impact. If you were using them for multiple products I could less where it could be challenging," said Coleman.

Coleman says due to new USDA regulations, DeSoto County Schools switched to whole grain products two years ago.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:31:26 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:44:17 GMT
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.