Covid-19

Best Ways To Secure Fresh Food During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Farmers were left in the lurch after restaurants and schools closed during the national shut-down and their produce went to waste. As the supply chain was limited to grocery stores which could not serve everyone’s needs, people lined up in thousands in front of food banks and shelters for meals. 

As a result, the price of fruit and vegetables shot up in Europe due to the constraints of the pandemic. The price of bananas rose by 12 percent from March to April, while the price of apples increased by nine percent. Similarly, the price of vegetables increased by 10 percent. 

Labor costs, transport costs and preference for packaged produce collectively led to the price increase. Due to these limitations, suppliers such as butchers, farmers and dairy farms are now directly selling to consumers. Going online is the easiest way to reach buyers during the pandemic.

Farmers markets also moved online once they were ordered shut. Fresh fruit growers from farm stands have utilized social media to reach customers, and provide home-delivery of the foods purchased. 

After the middle men were cut out from the transaction, the suppliers are offering food in bulk at low prices. For instance, Local Harvest, an online database of small scale food enterprises, offers a directory of local farms to purchase food from. 

If you’re willing to offer more support to local farms in these trying times and get organic produce delivered to your house the moment it is harvested, then sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

How does this work? You have to buy the estimated produce before it’s grown. After which, freshly harvested vegetables and fruits are delivered to people’s homes once the produce is harvested. CSAs also deliver meat and dairy products too, making this service quite useful to those keen on social distancing. 

Meal delivery services such as Sun Basket and Hello Fresh are offering breakfast and lunches now as well. You can order a few meals and store them in the freezer.

While the economy is reopening, supply chains are slowly falling back to old practices. Until then, the Food and Drugs Administration is willing to help businesses stay afloat. “If you are experiencing issues regarding your supply chain, delivery of goods, or business continuity, please contact the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center at NBEOC@fema.dhs.gov. This is a 24/7 operation and they can assist in directing your inquiry to the proper contact,” the FDA recommends on its website. 

Frozen food Some farmers markets have now shifted online to directly reach their consumers. Considering the long times at grocery stores and the shutting down of restaurants, ordering food from farmers is now an option during the pandemic. pxhere.com

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