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Are you noticing empty grocery store shelves where you are?

Across the country, grocery store shelves are empty. Workers are out sick, delivery vehicles can’t make deliveries, inventory is low… there are all sorts of causes.

Have you been to a grocery store lately? If so, did you notice empty shelves? Empty dairy fridges? Nothing on the produce stands? After you vote, please leave a comment and tell us where you’re located and what you’re noticing. Thanks for the time!

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Bob Weinfurt
5 days ago

Product shortages seem to rotate. If I hit up the store on different days of the week, I can usually find what I need so there’s no reason to hoard anything.

Roger B
6 days ago

Saw a report on the local news here in SW Florida last night that says grocery prices are up 7 percent over this time last year. I really wish they would also tell which stores they checked. Most groceries I’ve seen are up waaayyy more than 7 percent.

Steve Martin
6 days ago

I work for Ralph’s grocery co in San Diego the shelves are getting bare that’s for sure. Drivers don’t want to work , the company can’t get people to work it’s bad.

DLPJ
6 days ago

We live in Eastern WA and the passes were closed so not a big surprise.

John Macatee
6 days ago

No, and the RV dealer lots are near full of every size.

Bill
6 days ago

We have been in Quartzsite for 2 weeks and there are some empty shelves but usually restocked in a couple of days. Right on I40 so no problem for truck deliveries.
Main issue for us is whole grain products, produce is great though and plenty of DEF. (Floridians might ask Ron about that)

Sue
6 days ago

Main problem in our area near Atlanta seems to be lack of employees in grocery stores and Walmart to get the products off the trucks and onto the shelves. So much is just sitting in boxes in the aisles when I go in early in the morning to avoid crowds. (If there’s something still boxed up that I want and no employee to open it up, I’ve been known to get it myself.) 🙂 The situation is worse now than last year but not as bad as early 2020.

Bill
6 days ago
Reply to  Sue

Yes, Sue, you are right on about that. I have first hand info and you are totally correct.

Patricia
6 days ago

All I can say is where is all the cream cheese? I’m in Northwest Ohio.

Suru
6 days ago

Yep, lots of empty shelves. Also, what is on the shelf costs an arm and a leg now. It’s crazy how much the cost of groceries have gone up this past year.

Jeff Craig
6 days ago

Here outside Seattle, we’ve had issues the last few weeks due to ALL the passes from the east side to the Puget Sound being closed. With upwards of FOUR FEET of snow falling overnight around Kittitas and Yakima Counties, the avalanche danger and amount of snow to be cleared on Hwy 2, I-90, SR410 and others limited all east-west traffic to a single two-lane highway along the Columbia River. Since people around here know to stock up before a snowstorm, shelves were bare of milk, eggs, coffee creamer, whipped cream and Simply Potatoes. After going to five stores, including three Safeways, a Winco and our local Military Commissary, I was able to get everything I needed four days after the storm ended, and the roads cleared enough. When I went to the store the other day, everything is back in stock, although whipped cream is still slim pickings. Haven’t had to look for pet food as we stock up on it for three months ahead of time, in case of quake or other disaster.

Last edited 6 days ago by Jeff Craig
DW/ND
6 days ago

Wow! You guys opened a can of worms with this question! Reading the comments reveals the extreme frustration of just about everyone. Really hard to keep politics out of this one!

We found many items out of stock last nite at a major grocery outlet in Fargo, ND. Meat is redic-ul-ous at $10.48 a lb. for 85% lean hamburger and $11.85 a lb. for a sirloin steak to saying nothing of the overall increases in everything else…. but we do get a 5.9% COLA raise and a Medicare increase too!

Jeff Craig
6 days ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Look for a local butcher and if you have a freezer, buy a half a cow and stock up. Without real competition in the food industry, these Corporations have consumers like us over the barrel.

Joe
6 days ago
Reply to  DW/ND

When we get an increase of $$$ for SS it usually goes directly to the increase $$$ we pay for Medicare. That’s how socialism works!

Dave H.
5 days ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Around here, cattle raisers are paid $145 to 157 per 100 lbs of live weight of the beef.
Who is making the money?

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
6 days ago

Our local Walmart had no milk in the coolers.
Later that day they brought pallets of milk out and loaded up the coolers.
So it’s not that the food is not getting to the store. It’s that the store employee’s
are not getting it out of the stock room fast enough.

Montgomery D Bonner
6 days ago

In our local Walmart, all, ok, 95% of all the frozen potatoes are out, been this way for months. When new stuff comes in, and if not there, gone in few hours. Cream Cheese was in short supply, that seems to have eased. Meat, all meats are way more expensive, tougher to chew, and just not as good as before Brandon took office. Gas, Diesel, yep, more expensive. Half-Half is out lots of times if in PM when go to store. Some cookies/crackers are also hit or miss. Like Europe (who do shop mostly daily or used to), just are not going to store every day to keep up. We eat at home more, as restaurants are busy, too long wait times, and food is not as good. More weather aware now, so keep some stuff in stock all time. Ok, I can end strike at Kroger affiliate tomorrow, come to work, or be fired. Simple.

Bill
6 days ago

Sorry for your feelings..

Dave H.
5 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Feelings have never solved any problems. Seem as though Montgomery is reporting what has been found.

Kaeleen Buckingham
6 days ago

Here in Colorado one of the chains (owned by Kroger) is on strike which is putting even more of a strain on the rest of the stores.

Patty
6 days ago

I order most our paper products from Costco and they are limiting one item per customer AGAIN! But you can cheat and get back on and order one more each time to sign in. That one limit really works? Not. I ended up doing an auto ship for my dog food and parrot food, at least you are notified in advance if they can not fill your items, then I look elsewhere. Auto ship is the way to go for your pets, Chewy’s , Petsmart , Petco, Amazon , Hollywood Feed in the south has free delivery.
God BlessThis Country, Lord Help Us.

Harry Ward
6 days ago

Don’t even think about finding any DEF down here in South Florida.

Linda
6 days ago

Stores are fully stocked in in southwest Florida. The only non-food item we are having trouble finding here is DEF.

Roger B
6 days ago
Reply to  Linda

We are in sw florida and I would like to know what stores your finding stocked up. Most we’ve seen are a third empty shelves.

Bugsy
6 days ago

Tomato juice just gone.4 stores to find it. Then had to pay $4.58 for 1 can. Pretty bad when grandma can’t afford to make spaghetti and meatballs for her grandbabies!

Tom B
6 days ago

Milk. we had to drive to 6 stores to find a gallon of whole milk for a recipe. Salad greens and fresh produce. there ISN’T any! I’m not a vegan by ANY measure (Vegan once removed:cow eat grass, I eat cow) but I do understand the need for greens in my diet. And when you DO find anything, the prices are through the roof!! I used to make home made beef jerky..now I can’t afford to even do hamburger jerky!

I won’t get into the whole political thing, BUT..if minimum wage is raised to $15.00 per hour, and you work a 40 hour week…and the government wants you to do a 1099-K for any transaction over $600.00 (do the math…) all I can say is if you need $2400.00 a month to live, why isn’t the minimum Social Security payment that much? Can any supporters can explain WHY this is a good thing, I’m sure we’d ALL like to hear.

Rosalie Magistro
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom B

I wonder the same thing. Going to the grocery store sends me into an anxiety attack.
Us seniors should come first over the people being able to just walk onto our country and getva full ride.

Jeff Craig
6 days ago

Magistro??

That name sounds foreign to me…. Wonder if people said that about YOUR ancestors.

Bill
6 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Well stated..

Joe
6 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

I agree with Rosalie, your making an assumption that her or her husbands family walked into this country with their hand out. My Irish ancestors came into the country in the mid to late 1800’s and went to work in the coal mines of Penna, some are still buried in the mines, my grandfather lost both legs in a mine accident and somehow my father, aunts and uncles went on to higher education without a handout.

Wayne Braxton
6 days ago

Overall most products are available. There are exceptions in all stores
Some empty shelves are due to personnel issues. People do not want to work, plain and simple.