Shortages at grocery stores across the country have grown more acute in recent weeks as omicron continues to spread and winter storms have piled on to the supply chain struggles and labor shortages.
The shortages being reported nationwide are widespread, impacting produce and meat as well as packaged goods such as cereal.
While items are harder to find, many also cost more with rising inflation.
The consumer price index jumped 7% last year, the fastest pace since 1982, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s up from 6.8% annually in November, which was also a nearly four-decade high.