This isn’t about doom and gloom . . I’m just sharing some news and some thoughts. This article about how local food shortages are affecting school lunches was in the local paper recently. This is Joplin!
I’ve heard every reason out there – supply chain issues, shortage of workers, trucks aren’t running as much because of fuel prices, container shortages.
The bottom line is . . when there’s something you need and you can’t get it, you’re not going to care why you can’t get it.
I’m sure things are different in different areas but here . . it’s getting a bit weird and scary.
With Covid, only Walmart that’s closest to me will deliver. It isn’t worth it, right now anyway, to go schedule curbside pickups at two or three other Walmarts to get what I need so I’ll probably be changing things on my menu because of things I can’t get.
My advice: Think about things you really need in the near future. Don’t be critical of what someone else thinks is a need and you may consider it a want. We may end up all needing to work together to help family and friends who truly have needs that we can meet. If it’s something that has a long shelf, buy a backup package. Don’t hoard!
I was thinking yesterday about food for Boots and kitty litter. He loved his food but I’ve been trying to get it from Chewy for over a month and it’s always out of stock. I opened the last bag of it a couple of weeks ago so I ordered a different kind of food for him – one bag to try it. I think he likes it better than the previous food or maybe the change was good, so I ordered another bag of that. I’m not stocking up . . I always keep an extra bag on hand. Kitty litter is one thing I do not want to have to search for so I ordered another container of that. Same with puppy pads. I have a little fenced off area in the breakfast room for Rita and I keep it covered in puppy pads. Don’t want to run out of those.
We were going to have friends over next week for dinner and I was going to fix the BBQ chicken I made last week. I wanted to order three whole chickens – two to fix when the friends are here and one because next week we’re having smoked chicken. Nope . . limit of one so I figured I’d get one for our smoked chicken. There’s ONE whole chicken left in stock and by the time they bring my groceries this afternoon, I’m sure that ONE chicken will have been sold.
There’s no cabbage available to purchase so I’ll scratch the cole slaw off my menu for next week.
I’m not worried. I’m not in a panic but I am watching what’s going on and trying to think ahead and get what we need when I can.