Higher prices on beef, pork have families seeking alternatives

A Franklin man grabs the one-pound package of ground beef, puts it in his cart and shakes his head.

Steve Sample would normally buy twice that amount, but beef prices have gone up so much he’ll make do with just one package. Looks like pasta will be on the menu again this week, he said.

The packages of bacon are just down the aisle, but he’s not even going to look. He already knows it’s going to be too expensive to try to squeeze into his $200 per month food budget.

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