Don’t panic, the stores are not going to run out of food
The experts have spoken
It is undeniably scary seeing empty shelves at our grocery stores. It’s easy to panic. But panic buying is exactly what's causing some people to be without food and essentials.
And now we’ve got even more reason not to panic buy: a number of officials and experts have weighed in to reassure us that grocery stores will not run out of food. We repeat: will *not* run out of food.
Experts pretty much agree that the food supply is fine, reports Delish. Laura S. Strange, senior vice president of Communications and External Affairs at the National Grocers Association, told Delish that despite the ‘unprecedented demand’, things are running as they should. She said: "Food supplies are plentiful throughout the supply chain and are being replenished continuously to meet the demand.”
Yes, you might find that some products right now, but stores are working with suppliers and partners throughout the chain to keep shelves stocked.
Miguel Gomez, professor of agriculture economics at Cornell University, told Marketplace.org that if anything, eventually we could see a slowdown in supply of things we import from other countries and we'd have to shift to eating slightly different things than we're used to. “Global supply chains, because they are longer, they are more likely to be disrupted than domestic supply chains,” he said.
This is also expected to be temporary and doesn’t mean that we’re going to run out of food. You can also use meal kits and other delivery services to lessen the demand on your grocery stores.
So the next time you're tempted to hoard, use the empty shelves as a reminder that one person’s hoarding means another family might have to go without food.
🧂What are you cooking up with pantry ingredients?🧂