Grocery store chain Kroger will stop giving coin change to customers due to a shortage of coins caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In June, the Federal Reserve said there had been a significant disruption in the supply chain of coins, Fox Business reported.
Until the shortage is over, Kroger spokesman Eric Halvorson says customers paying with cash will have two options.
Cashiers will advise customers that, instead of returning coins as change, the amount will be added to their loyalty card and will automatically be applied to their next Kroger purchase.
Customers will also have the opportunity to “round up” to donate that change to the Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation, supporting the service of their local food bank.
The Federal Reserve says customers were not going to stores as a result of the novel coronavirus, and that caused the flow of coins to “kind of stop,” according to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.