Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Hopefully, you had an opportunity to stock up on essentials before the COVID-19 pandemic brought along closures, social distancing, and shortages of some items. Regardless of how much you need to buy for your home during this time, here are some ways to be safe and smart about your shopping.
1. Don’t Hoard
With the pandemic, there is no interruption to our supply chain of food and water. For this reason, stockpiling is not necessary. Over-purchasing can lead to waste, too, especially if you are buying things that you won’t ever use or could go bad. Keep in mind that we also need to look out for the health of our community as a whole, so take only what you need and leave product for others who need it.
2. Keep Staples on Hand
Granola bars, canned juice, dry beans, rice, cereal, and canned fruits and vegetables are non-perishable items that store well. You could stock up on these items and purchase meat and bread to freeze for later. With these staples handy, you can go to the store for milk and produce as needed. Don’t forget non-food staples as well, such as cleaning supplies, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications (like pain relievers), baby wipes, paper towels, menstrual products, and more.
Make sure to look into grocery delivery services that are available in your area, especially if you are vulnerable to infection.
3. Stay Safe
While you’re at the store, make sure to keep six feet between you and others at all times. It can be difficult to abide by this, especially if you are in a hurry. But it’s important to be patient and careful. Use hand sanitizer when you leave the store and wash your hands when you get home. After you put your groceries away, wash your hands again.