Coronavirus: Food Supply & Shortages

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New York Times: More americans turning to food banks to survive pandemic

The pandemic has exposed the fragile nature of success for millions of Americans: material markers of outward stability, if not prosperity, but next to nothing to fall back on when times get tough.

In conversations around the country this August — at kitchen tables, in living rooms and in cars during slow-moving food lines with rambunctious children in the back — Americans reflected on their new reality. The shame and embarrassment. The loss of choice in something as basic as what to eat. The worry over how to make sure their children get a healthy diet. The fear that their lives will never get back on track.

There was the family in Jackson, Miss., that relied on a local food bank over the summer, even though before the pandemic they had been making almost six figures a year. That is a nice living in a place like Jackson, and it got them a house in the leafy Belhaven neighborhood, a Chevy Suburban and beach vacations to Florida.

Or the single mother in Tennessee who had finally pushed her way into the middle class with a job that paid enough to send her oldest daughter to private school, only to find herself accepting food from charity.

Ms. Cazimero, 40, faced her new financial circumstances with as much equanimity as determination, even as it shook her sense of what it meant to have made it. Before the pandemic, she was a hair stylist at a salon owned by her mother-in-law that would shut down in accordance with California’s coronavirus rules. She also ran her own events business, which had been “rocking and rolling” after a lucrative holiday season decking out car dealerships for Christmas. Her husband, Adam, saw far fewer people come into the local Ford dealership where he works, and his commissions have plummeted.

These days she has become an armchair therapist to friends who feel ashamed at not being able to afford enough food; a logistics specialist in how she navigates the schedules of all the pantries in San Diego County; and a food procurer and distributor to the needy, even as she is needy herself.
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I haven't been able to get paper towels for two weeks now.
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I don't know how you feel about Amazon, Chili, but I order 3-roll packages that arrive in two or three days.
Chilidog wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm I haven't been able to get paper towels for two weeks now.
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Chilidog wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm I haven't been able to get paper towels for two weeks now.
I was at my Target yesterday and it had paper toweling. I didn't need any, but I did buy the toilet paper I needed.
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MN-Skeptic wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:24 pm
Chilidog wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm I haven't been able to get paper towels for two weeks now.
I was at my Target yesterday and it had paper toweling. I didn't need any, but I did buy the toilet paper I needed.
Actually they had some at my target as well. Not many.

But when I went to check out there was only one register open. That register and the self checkout had 20 people in line....each.

I dropped the paper towels on top of a display rack and walked out.

Why the hell do they have 20 registers if they never use more than 2?
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Chilidog wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm I haven't been able to get paper towels for two weeks now.
I have a whole box from Amazon because that’s the only way I could get them at the time.
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No paper towels? Time to return to Grannys cloths and washing them after use? Or is detergent now a sought after item :?:
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RTH10260 wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:49 pm No paper towels? Time to return to Grannys cloths and washing them after use? Or is detergent now a sought after item :?:
Cleaning products can also be in short supply.
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AndyinPA wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:57 pm
RTH10260 wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:49 pm No paper towels? Time to return to Grannys cloths and washing them after use? Or is detergent now a sought after item :?:
Cleaning products can also be in short supply.
I haven’t seen Lysol Disinfecting Spray for months.
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https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/07/business ... index.html
New York (CNN Business)You're not the only one rethinking your Thanksgiving this year.

Fewer people at Thanksgiving tables is going to mean many households are looking to buy smaller turkeys. And because no one can just press a button and make smaller turkeys, grocery stores, distributors and farmers are rethinking their own longstanding Thanksgiving traditions.

Chains like Giant Eagle and Stew Leonard's are buying smaller birds, and Walmart (WMT), the largest grocer in the United States, is increasing its availability of boneless and bone-in turkey breasts, which amount to less meat than a full bird. Meanwhile, farmers are making adjustments such as slaughtering birds earlier.
I'd just been thinking about this earlier. Over the summer months, we've been able to see a lot of the grandkids. As it stands now, school is virtual, but they are supposed to be going back November 9 two days a week. I don't see how we will be able to get together. And that means Christmas, too. :crying:
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We've been using Grubhub/DoorDash to get meals from local restaurants and as the the summer has turned the fall the quality of the food has decreased markedly and inability to fill orders properly has increased markedly. And even going through a drive-thru or pick up line has produced a declining set of results.

Sigh.
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I was just at the local Lowe's (I need to work on gutters for the barn) and the nice floor assistant told me that they haven't been able to get cedar lumber in several months--the mill they use has not been in operation.
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Azastan wrote: Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:43 pm I was just at the local Lowe's (I need to work on gutters for the barn) and the nice floor assistant told me that they haven't been able to get cedar lumber in several months--the mill they use has not been in operation.
I read recently that wood prices have tripled this year due to multiple issues like that. We're replacing a deck that got crushed in August when a large tree limb came down in a storm. We can't get either cedar or the synthetic Trex decking. Between supply chain disruptions and increased demand because people are improving their homes since they're staying around more, it's not clear that we'll be able to get it done before the winter.

Interestingly, with the increase in lumber prices, the cost for synthetics, which last longer, is now only a small premium of maybe 20% instead of costing 3x as much.
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The new Black Friday: Amazon, Target, Best Buy and others kicking off holiday sales
The discounts start this weekend and will extend into December as retailers drop the “stampede mentality” to contend with the coronavirus pandemic

Abha Bhattarai
Oct. 9, 2020 at 1:10 p.m. GMT+2

Some of the nation’s largest retailers will begin rolling out Black Friday sales this weekend — earlier than ever and the latest sign of how the pandemic is reshaping the biggest shopping season of the year.

Walmart, Target and other major brands were spurred to push up their holiday timetables by Amazon’s decision to move Prime Day, which is usually in July, to October. It’s a signature event for the e-commerce giant, generating an estimated $7.16 billion in sales last year, according to research firm Digital Commerce 360.

Most large retailers are going dark on Thanksgiving Day, reversing a years-long tradition of kicking off the holiday shopping season with a rush of “doorbuster” deals. It’s part of a larger reimagining of the retail experience because of the pandemic, one designed to accommodate social distancing and new safety protocols, and minimize long lines, crowded malls and repeat shopping trips.

“The stampede mentality of the past, with doorbusters sales and Black Friday deals every weekend, is being replaced by earlier, season-long discounts,” said James Zahn, senior editor of the Toy Insider, a trade magazine. “We’re in a health crisis, so retailers are having to rethink how they get products into families’ hands.”


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Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
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Volkonski wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:05 pm Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
You are the only person I have ever heard of in 44 years that actually eats that stuff.....
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Frater I*I wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Volkonski wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:05 pm Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
You are the only person I have ever heard of in 44 years that actually eats that stuff.....
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Frater I*I wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Volkonski wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:05 pm Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
You are the only person I have ever heard of in 44 years that actually eats that stuff.....
Well include me; it's yummy. So is P&P loaf.
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Frater I*I wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Volkonski wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:05 pm Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
You are the only person I have ever heard of in 44 years that actually eats that stuff.....
He eats SPAM, too. :?
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Estiveo wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:33 pm
Frater I*I wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Volkonski wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:05 pm Happy to report that supplies of both Oscar Mayer and Boars Head olive loaf remain adequate in Texoma. :thumbs:
You are the only person I have ever heard of in 44 years that actually eats that stuff.....
Well include me; it's yummy. So is P&P loaf.
We had to eat that stuff when I was a kid. I can't stand it now. I've tried head cheese. It gives me a nasty headache.
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neonzx wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:48 pm He eats SPAM, too. :?
Mmmm... Spam.

FYI, I own Hormel stock, my husband and I attended Hormel stockholders' meetings (a major event in Austin, MN), and we toured the Spam Museum.
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Hey! Leave spam alone! Even McDonald's has spam here.

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After 60 Years, Coca-Cola Is Calling it Quits on Tab
Blame the pandemic for Tab getting canned, as the company plans to cut more than half of its 500 brands


https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-in ... t_DFWBrand
The company has announced that it will stop selling cans of Tab at the end of the year, discontinuing the once-popular diet soda from the '70s and '80s that has developed a fervent cult following from lovers of its blend of artificial sweeteners saccharine and NutraSweet, who call themselves "TaBaholics" and "TaBbies."

Coca-Cola said in a news release that it plans "retire select underperforming products" at the end of the year, which also include Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Zico coconut water and Coke Life as well as regional offerings like Northern Neck Ginger Ale and Delaware Punch.

"We’re forever grateful to TaB for paving the way for the diets and lights category, and to the legion of TaB lovers who have embraced the brand for nearly six decades,” Kerri Kopp group director, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola North America, said in the release. “If not for TaB, we wouldn’t have Diet Coke or Coke Zero Sugar. TaB did its job. In order to continue to innovate and give consumers the choices they want today, we have to make decisions like this one as part of our portfolio rationalization work.”

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"Plans to streamline the company’s beverage lineup were underway well before the coronavirus outbreak, but the pandemic promoted leadership to move faster," the company said in its release. "Ongoing COVID-19 supply chain challenges and shifting shopping behaviors prompted the company to fast-track its plan."
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So my mother-in-law who lives out in the boonies of Cook County, told us that at the Trader Joe's near her, (in DuPage County), people were panic buying canned soups, pasta, etc. Basically, the store was being cleaned out.

Where I live, about 20 miles away, it's quiet.

Now I know that Pritzger has been talking about the possibility of additional measures as the positivity rate keeps climbing, but I'm thinking that another dynamic might be in play here.

DuPage is highly red, polically. Are people panicing because they are afraid of what might happen if Trump loses? (Or if he wins?)
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Lani wrote: Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:28 am Hey! Leave spam alone! Even McDonald's has spam here.


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Well, hell...everybody does Spam there. There was an entire pallet of the stuff sitting right inside the door of the exchange when we visited our son there 4 or 5 years ago.

We haven't been able to get canned Fresca for months and 2-liter bottles have been hit and mostly miss. But the bottles go flat before my wife gets through more than half of one so she's reluctant to open a bottle. We're told it's mostly a can shortage since people aren't going to bars and are buying a lot more canned beer. Fresca is one of the less popular sodas so it took the hit and they've only been producing very small quantities.
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