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Adrienne Chance, the senior director of corporate communications for Borden Dairy, said the cause of the shortage was a Dominion Energy power surge at the company’s North Charleston plant Tuesday morning.
The surge damaged lighting and equipment at the plant, which supplies the district with the milk cartons it’s federally mandated to provide students at lunchtime.
Milk deliveries to the school will begin at noon Friday, and the issue should be fixed by Monday, school district spokesman Jim Foster said on Thursday afternoon.
In the meantime, the district has received a waiver from the Department of Education to serve water and fruit juice at affected schools on Friday, Foster said, and is working with food supplier Sodexo to transport milk between district schools as needed.
Foster said schools have been notified of the issue to inform parents.
The district receives about 16,000 cartons of 1 percent milk fat regular, chocolate and strawberry milk from the dairy per day, and 3 million per year, according to Chance.