Change shortage continues, Kroger not giving it

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The change shortage the Treasury talked about last month is widening. It’s an unseen result of the coronavirus as businesses that normally cash in change aren’t doing it.

So that means people who pay with cash at Kroger’s cashier checkouts won’t get coin change for a while, and it’s indirectly due to the coronavirus.

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Instead of coins, the change from cash transactions will be applied to customers’ loyalty cards and automatically used on their next purchase.

Customers are also encouraged to “round up” to support the company’s Zero Hunger-Zero Waste Foundation.

The reason is the Federal Reserve’s current coin shortage.

A Federal Reserve news release from June 11 explains the pandemic has “significantly disrupted the supply chain and normal circulation patterns for U.S. coin.”