INFLATION GROCERIES 2

Mebea Mengestu, left, and his daughter, Ida Mebea, both of Inglewood, Calif., shop recently at the Westchester Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles. The pressure of rising inflation rates is felt most directly by shoppers doing their weekly runs to grocery stores, where some items that used to be plentiful have been missing for months and where prices for produce, meat and eggs remain stubbornly high.