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US shoppers find some groceries scarce due to virus, weather

Jan. 11, 2022 23:36 PM EST

Benjamin Whitely headed to a Safeway supermarket in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to grab some items for dinner. But he was disappointed to find the vegetable bins barren and a sparse selection of turkey, chicken and milk. “Seems like I missed out on everything,” Whitely, 67, said....

Sri Lanka leader sacks minister who criticized farm policy

Jan. 04, 2022 09:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacked a government minister on Tuesday after he criticized a now-abandoned government decision to ban chemical fertilizers. Rajapaksa’s office said State Minister of Education Reforms and Open Universities Susil...

Fred Meyer, QFC grocery workers strike around Oregon

Dec. 17, 2021 13:34 PM EST

A week-long strike is underway affecting a number of Oregon grocery stores, barely a week before Christmas Day. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, representing many employees at Fred Meyer and QFC stores, confirmed early Friday morning that it is moving ahead with a...

Northam calls for eliminating state's share of grocery tax

Dec. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday that he will include several tax cuts in his outgoing budget proposal, including the elimination of the state's share of the sales tax on groceries — a proposal that was a key campaign pledge of Republican Gov.-elect Glenn...

State extends nutrition program for low-income seniors

Dec. 05, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island is extending a nutrition program to provide about 2,500 boxes of local seasonal produce to low-income seniors. The state Department of Environmental Management said it was working with the state Office of Healthy Aging...

Yes, there are turkeys for Thanksgiving - for a price

Nov. 22, 2021 17:32 PM EST

Turkeys may not be able to fly very far. But their prices can soar — along with the costs of other holiday staples like cranberry sauce and pie filling. The Thanksgiving table hasn’t been spared the price inflation that is rampant elsewhere in the economy because of...

'We don’t deserve this': Inflation hits Turkish people hard

Nov. 17, 2021 05:12 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Market-stand owner Kadriye Dogru makes do with stale, sesame-covered bagels, known as simit, for lunch these days. The widowed mother of two says she goes without lunch so she can put food on the table for her family later in the day. The money that the...

USDA helping cover costs of pandemic safety measures

Nov. 15, 2021 09:13 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $650 million to help farmers markets and specialty food producers cover the costs of safety measures implemented during the pandemic. The grants can range in size from $1,500 to $20,000, USDA...

US food banks struggle to feed hungry amid surging prices

Nov. 10, 2021 14:29 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — U.S. food banks already dealing with increased demand from families sidelined by the pandemic now face a new challenge — surging food prices and supply chain issues walloping the nation. The higher costs and limited availability mean some...

Governor pushing to end Kansas' high sales tax on groceries

Nov. 08, 2021 16:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many Kansas families would save hundreds of dollars a year under a proposal Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined Monday to eliminate the state's unusually high sales tax on groceries. Kelly's proposal, which would save consumers roughly $450 million...