#FoodShortageJoe trends on Twitter as Americans struggle to feed families

Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A - January 23, 2022 - The empty shelves at a supermarket due to food shortage

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With inflation soaring to historic levels, Americans struggling to feed their families took to Twitter this past weekend to vent their frustration using the hashtag “#FoodShortageJoe.”

According to eTrenders.com, the hashtag reached the No. 2 spot on Twitter’s United States trends list on Saturday.

“When you go shopping this weekend and see all the empty shelves, be sure to thank Joe Biden. #FoodShortageJoe,” tweeted Brigitte Gabriel, founder and CEO of ACT for America.

At a press conference on March 24, Biden infamously said, “With regard to food shortages… it’s gonna be real.”

And for many families across America, “real” it has certainly become.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., noted at a press conference Friday that the current baby formula shortage has been hitting parents like herself particularly hard.

“As a new mother, I understand personally the severity of this challenge,” she said. “My son, Sam, is nine months old. He is formula-fed, and even in my trips to the grocery store in upstate New York, the shelves have been fairly empty.”

The formula shortages, per the Daily Mail, stem largely from a February recall on powder formula produced at a Sturgis, Michigan facility belonging to Abbott Laboratories, the largest manufacturer of baby formula in the U.S.

But as the facility’s shutdown has left American parents to desperately search for supplies, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., revealed on Twitter Thursday that the U.S. government has been stockpiling baby formula at the southern border for use by illegal immigrants.

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Cammack said that she had received photos and videos of the warehouses from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

“These agents themselves have families, and they have family members that can’t get this baby formula in the stores in Texas and Arizona, New Mexico,” she said. “Yet, they go to work, and they’re unloading pallets of baby food out of the back of tractor-trailers. … If you have to sum it up, this is exactly what ‘America Last’ looks like.”

Per the New York Post, the White House announced Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would begin clearing the way for foreign imports of baby formula to address the shortages, though Abbott Nutrition reportedly announced that it could resume production in as little as two weeks if given FDA approval.

As inflation and continued supply chain problems make finding food and other supplies even more difficult, the worsening state of the U.S. economy is likely to plague Democrat hopefuls in the midterm elections this November.

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