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Can't find what you're shopping for? Food shortages impacting holiday meal planning

Jenn Leach

Food shortages have been happening across the U.S. for months now, from the impacted supply chain.

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Walking into the grocery store today, it's not unusual to see shelves wiped clean of:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pasta
  • Cream cheese
  • Chicken tenders
  • Canned goods including soups
  • Meow Mix
  • And, more

With Christmas just days away, if you haven't done your holiday grocery shopping, act now, as stores like Walmart, H-E-B and other Houston-area grocers are already running out of holiday meal staples like cranberry sauce, spaghetti and other pasta, and more.

Meat shortages impacted Thanksgiving.

Will the same happen for Christmas?

This story points to key food shortages that can impact your holiday meal like disposable plates and cups to everyday kitchen staples for your family like lunchables, chicken tenders, cat and dog food, among other foods.

From inflation, supply shortages, driver shortages, less food delivery trucks and now the holidays, it will be more challenging than ever to get everything on your holiday meal list.

What can you do?

  • Be flexible and adjust to the current landscape
  • Use substitutes
  • Focus on what you do have

If you can't manage to get that holiday ham because of recalls or you're unable to make your famous Christmas cheesecake you bake every year because cream cheese is wiped from grocery shelves, try to be flexible and use what you have on hand.

Everyone is being impacted by supply shortages in the U.S. and around the world.

And, if you want to look back to what shortages we experienced in the U.S. in 2021, this article will provide some insight, helping us recall when there were shortages in chicken wings, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, oat milk, ketchup packets and other foods.

Not to mention, the unnecessary shortages that happened when a food trend went viral on Tik Tok like dalgona coffee, lettuce water, the famous feta tomato pasta, and others.

What shortages have you noticed in your area?

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