If you’re having a hard time finding meat locally, or noticed that your store’s limiting meat purchases, don’t panic. We aren’t in a countrywide meat shortage.
With the news about meatpacking plant workers contracting coronavirus and the federal government’s response, demand for meat has gone up. And now, some stores like Walmart, Kroger and Costco are trying to prevent a shortage by limiting how much meat we purchase.
Play it cool. Let’s not make this another toilet paper situation. There’s enough meat for everyone, and if we only get what we need, there will be enough for everyone and prices won’t skyrocket.
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Walmart is limiting meat purchases for ground beef and pork in some stores.
At Walmart, some ground beef brands are max three per customer; others, like grass fed, are two. Same for chicken and pork: three for some brands but two for organic meats. Steak is very hard to get from Walmart, but if I need it I can always find it at Whole Foods.
Here’s what I’ve been doing at Walmart (not other stores that use third-party delivery, as it’s too expensive):
- Sign up for the monthly delivery service, which is only $12.95 a month.
- Place up to three orders a week for fresh meat and fresh produce delivery, staying within the limits. (Normally, it’s $7.95 – $9.95 per delivery, so you save about $73 a month by subscribing.)
- Get your fresh meat and produce delivered several days a week so you don’t even have to think about what you’re making that night or worry about stuff going bad.
Kroger is limiting meat purchases nationwide to 2 items per customer.
Kroger and their subsidiary grocery stores (Fry’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, etc.) are now limiting meat purchases nationwide. Chicken, pork and ground beef are limited to 2 items per customer.
If you’re doing an online order, keep in mind that there are two types of Kroger 80% ground beef; one they’ll let you add to your delivery order, the other is only available for pickup. If one doesn’t work, try the other.
There are no limits on turkey and bacon.
Costco is limiting meat purchases to 3 items per person of chicken, beef & pork.
Costco is limiting fresh meat purchases nationwide to 3 items per person, and in many stores, they’re also including frozen meat packages as part of the limit. My local store wasn’t limiting pre-made burger patties, bags of frozen chicken breasts and frozen, pre-seasoned pork tenderloin — but check with your store.
Albertsons is limiting purchases to 2 packages each of beef, chicken & pork.
- Via KCLA
Albertsons and their subsidiary stores (Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, etc.) will let you buy up to 2 packages of beef, 2 packages of chicken, and 2 packages of pork — 6 total.
Wegmans & Tops are limiting purchases of chicken and beef.
H-E-B is limiting customers to 5 meat items, total.
- Via H-E-B
H-E-B has limited meat purchases, but it’s pretty customizable. While you’re able to purchase up to 5 meat items per visit, within that, you’re allowed up to 2 packages each of fresh beef, ground beef, chicken, pork or turkey. (In the Houston area, H-E-B allows 5 meat items, but within that, up to 4 packages of ground beef, 4 packages of chicken, and 2 packages of brisket.)
Stop & Shop has limited meat purchase since March.
Stop & Shop has limited meat purchases to 2 packages per customer, per type (beef, pork and chicken).
Hy-Vee limits customers to 4 packages of meat.
Hy-Vee lets you pick a combination of fresh beef, ground beef, pork and chicken — up to 4 total packages of meat. Frozen meat is not included in the limits.
Giant is limiting meat purchases to 2 items each for pork, beef & poultry.
Giant Food Stores are limiting each household to 2 packages of fresh beef, poultry and pork — each — per day. Frozen food doesn’t appear to be included in the limits.
Food Lion has been limiting meat purchases since April.
Food Lion has led the meat limiting charge, limiting meat purchases since April 1. They’ve also limited eggs, soap, hand sanitizers, cleaning products, and paper products. If you shop there, you’re probably used to it, so none of this is very alarming to you.
Giant Eagle is liming customers to two items per shopping trip for ground beef and sale meats.
At Giant Eagle, sale meats are almost always limited anyway, so no news there. But, the good news is that the limits at Giant Eagle are only for ground beef as of now.
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