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:
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.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture