"What do I need to buy at the grocery store in case I’m home for weeks due to the coronavirus?” This is a question we’ve gotten dozens of times at the start of the pandemic. Turns out...we were going to be home a lot longer than two weeks!
Before you scroll along, we ask that you read this entire post - this is about preparing, not panicking. We do NOT suggest hoarding enough food for the next 6 months - these are simply some shelf-stable and freezer ideas to check out the next time you hit the grocery store so you feel more prepared. If we all overbuy, there won’t be enough food for everyone.
Do we need to stockpile food? According to the CDC, people need enough household items and groceries “for a period of time.” The US Dept. of Homeland Security’s site suggests two weeks’ worth of food in case there’s a pandemic (the page where this is found doesn’t specify coronavirus). Many experts assume that grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services will be open even if citizens are asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, but it’s a good idea to have enough food to be home for a few weeks.
Below are just some of the things you can consider:
These were all purchased at Walmart (not sponsored) in Phoenix, AZ. At the time of purchase, some items were already unavailable so we accepted substitutions.
Remember, these are just ideas - your store may have very little availability and you get what you get.
A note about “healthfulness” - you may be purchasing foods you don’t normally eat. It’s OK! Sometimes “nutritional value” lies simply in calories or a full tummy. Frozen and canned foods have lots of nutrition, and rice and beans can be an affordable, satisfying meal that keeps us nourished and full. Stay tuned for more on this topic.