Building a food supply for a two-week emergency

In Louisiana, we are accustomed to preparing for hurricanes. During hurricane season, we stock up on non-perishable foods that do not have to be cooked or stored in the refrigerator or freezer in case the power goes out for a few days. With the coronavirus outbreak, we don’t have to be as concerned about storing food that may spoil if we lose power — but we do need to think about how long our family’s food supply will last if there is a 10- to 14-day (or longer) quarantine. Try to choose healthful foods to make sure your immune system is at its strongest, and limit those “comfort” foods” that may be unhealthful. Here is a list of food items that you may want to put on your grocery list:

  • Canned foods (fresh fruits and vegetables will spoil after 14 days)
    • Meat products such as chicken, beef, etc.
    • Tuna, salmon, sardines
    • Soups and stews
    • Broths
    • Fruits and fruit juices
    • Vegetable juices
    • Vegetables
    • Canned or powdered milk
  • Refrigerated foods
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Milk (choose the container with latest expiration date)
    • Soy or almond milk
  • Frozen foods
    • Meat, chicken, turkey, fish
    • Vegetables
    • Fruit
    • Waffles or pancakes
    • Frozen meals
    • Frozen yogurt
  • Shelf-stable foods
  • Snack foods
    • Pretzels
    • Trail mix
    • Dried fruit
    • Baked chips
    • Rice cakes
  • Staples
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Sugar
    • Coffee
    • Cooking oil
    • Margarine
    • Bouillon cubes

If you buy perishable foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, eat those first; they may spoil before the quarantine is over.

Don’t forget that your pets need food, too. Stock up on canned and/or dry food.

3/13/2020 7:39:49 PM
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