The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in many aspects of our lives. As you may be aware from recent news reports, we are facing a nationwide crisis related to food supply and distribution disruptions. The demand for many products is again exceeding supply, reducing our ability to keep our shelves fully stocked to meet the needs of our members and shoppers.

Early in the pandemic, panic buying was the cause of many of the out-of-stock situations that grocers experienced. Although the food industry was able to rebound somewhat, the sustained nature of the pandemic, combined with the slow pace of vaccination globally and the recent surge caused by the Delta variant, have resurfaced the problem. There is a scarcity of many raw materials and labor shortages persist for national manufacturers, distributors and transportation companies alike.

As GreenStar shoppers have likely noticed, we’ve experienced out-of-stock issues for many months in many categories – and those categories change rapidly.

While the food industry is taking many steps to mitigate the problem, recovery estimates continue to be pushed out and out-of-stocks on some products from national suppliers are likely through the end of the year.

We may have to offer new or different brands, or fewer flavors or sizes on some familiar ones, but whenever we are unable to stock an item, we will do our best to find and provide you with substitutes. We encourage you to try something new and when in doubt or if you need assistance, please ask!

On the bright side, GreenStar continues to work with local farmers and producers to provide you with the best quality products possible.

We are monitoring these distribution challenges closely and continue to communicate with you through our website, social media, and email newsletter, which you can sign up to receive here.

Our food system is strong, and these challenges will be resolved in time. Thank you for your patience, your support and patronage as we continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic.

We’re all in this together!