Families all over the country are feeling the impacts of grocery shortages in supermarkets, as COVID-19 triggers wide-spread supply chain issues and staffing problems.
One parent noted it had become increasingly difficult to food shop for their eight kids, as supermarket aisles are left increasingly bare.
Fadmate Sanqoh said she had never seen grocery stores so empty, calling for the nation’s leaders to address the issue.
“I’m just asking where the Prime Minister is. Because I’ve been in Australia for ages and I’ve never seen anything like this. Look at this, two chickens for $40,” she said.
Smaller grocery stores are coping better than larger chains, who rely on a greater number of staff.
Woolworths has introduced buying limits on painkillers and toilet paper nationwide due to supply chain issues.
Customers will only be able to buy two packs of painkillers and toilet paper both in-store and online.
“This is a precautionary move following recent food and grocery supply chain constraints and pockets of increased demand across select categories,” the supermarket giant said in a statement.
“The limits will ensure more customers have fair access to toilet paper and analgesics.”
In Western Australian Woolworths stores only, a limit of two packs per customer across mince, sausages and chicken products will be introduced due to “signs of excessive buying.”
The purchase limits come due to stock shortages as a result of supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 as well as staff shortages due to isolation restrictions.
Woolworths already introduced purchase limits on rapid antigen kits.
In line with federal government guidelines, customers can only buy one pack however the packs can contain between one and seven testing kits.
Woolworths Director of Stores Jeanette Fenske said it is an “anxious time” for customers.
“We will continue to closely monitor product availability across our stores, with stock continuing to be sent to stores daily,” she said.
“Customers will notice some gaps on shelves but we’re doing all that we can to meet demand.”
Meanwhile, other supermarket giants have also introduced buying limits on certain products.
Buying limits are also in place at Coles for meat in all states except Western Australia.
Shoppers will be limited to two packs of chicken breast or chicken thighs from the meat department or six fillets from the deli.