How much food should I buy?

Experts suggest stocking up on two weeks' worth of food, in case you need to go into self-quarantine.

Buying more food than that (aka “panic buying”) can cause food waste and supply shortages for others in your community. While grocery store shelves may be looking a bit sparse these days, the good news is that food suppliers say there is no food shortage in the United States. Even in cities that are asking people to stay home, grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. Unless you are sick, you will be able to do routine grocery shopping. If you are at-risk and worried about crowded grocery stores, consider online grocery shopping or enlisting a friend or family member to grocery shop for you.

Food delivery is another option! While restaurants in some cities have stopped dining services, many are still open for take-out or delivery. This is a great option if it fits in your budget and allows you to continue to support local businesses. Your chances of contracting COVID-19 through food delivery are low if you take precautions such as having the delivery person leave the food at your door, paying with a credit card instead of exchanging cash, and washing your hands before you eat.

Finally, many people in your community may be unable to afford to stock up on two weeks’ worth of food. If you have the means, consider donating to your local food bank! You can easily do that online over at Feeding America.