As we work to turn the tide of the coronavirus pandemic, we've all been asked to make fewer trips into public spaces like grocery stores. With fewer shopping trips, you might be tempted to overbuy when you do make it to the store.
But it's important to resist the urge to hoard, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Although everyone needs to have nonperishable foods at the ready, there's no need to panic and overbuy.
How much food do you need? It's a good idea to have enough medicines, food, water and other essentials to get your family through two weeks. That's how long you could be asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate if you're sick or exposed to the virus. Plus, fewer shopping trips mean fewer chances of coming into contact with the virus.
How to stock a healthy pantry
When you go to the store, focus on foods with a long shelf life. In many cases that means canned or frozen foods. You can supplement these longer-lasting foods with some fresh foods with a shorter life span.
Good things to have on hand include:
It's a good idea to check out your local options for grocery delivery as well in case you're unable to leave home.
For more on healthy living during the pandemic, check out our Coronavirus topic center.