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Nationwide shortages and pandemic-related financial strains are making it hard for low-income families to make ends meet this school year.

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School is back in session and for some parents, back-to-school shopping has been yet another aspect of life affected by the pandemic. Shortages in apparel, supplies and other school necessities are making the return to in-person learning more difficult. Parents are having to use additional resources to source goods for their children this school year. With no in-person sessions during the 2020 school year, parents saw a reprieve. Now, the bucks are adding up as children line up to head into classrooms.

The 2020 school year was one for the books. Unlike anything ever witnessed, parents, teachers and students were forced to adapt to new ways of learning and an emergency overhaul of the educational system. Now that students are returning to in-person learning, parents are finding the transition is not as smooth.

More than one year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the public is starting to see the full-scale impact of its wrath. School uniforms are just one of the commodities seeing deficiencies. Popular sizes and colors are witnessing massive outages.

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