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Grocery shopping over the weekend

Uploaded: Mar 1, 2020
On Friday afternoon I chatted with our older kids about the Coronavirus.  Our oldest had already heard about the virus from school, so I’m glad we discussed it as a family.  Using this article as a guide, we talked briefly about the new virus and about the importance of washing hands.  We also talked about how there are a lot of helpers figuring out the best way to keep everyone as safe as possible.  And in order to stay healthy, we may need to change our routines.  

It’s easy to forget that kids are soaking everything in from their environments.  Commercials telling them what will be on the news that night, phone conversations I’m having with relatives, and discussions on the radio.  

This weekend my youngest and I went to the grocery store.  I’m glad our older kids didn’t join. Seeing the shelves emptier than usual was unsettling enough for me.  I didn’t want our kids to be similarly caught off guard.  Thankfully our youngest was happy that the grocery store still had all of her favorite foods in stock, so seeing fewer cases of bottled water and cleaning products didn’t phase her.  

I was grateful to the Girl Scouts for brightening up the mood right outside the store.  Their smiles were exactly what I needed and I couldn’t help but buy a couple of boxes from them.  
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Posted by Empty shelves , a resident of another community,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 10:57 am

Was at the large Mountain View Safeway on San Antonio early this morning. Hand sanitizer shelves completely empty. Frozen food sections seemed more empty than usual. Water aisle also had more empty spaces than usual.


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Posted by Social Experiment, a resident of another community,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Was at Whole Foods Mountain View late Sunday afternoon (March 1). Toilet paper shelf was empty " the first time I've ever seen TP sold out in any store.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 12:29 pm

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Empty shelves and Social experiment- Thank you for the updates.


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Posted by Judy, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 1:09 pm

I was surprised to see Trader Joe's out of toilet paper on Saturday. Today they had a big shipment with a big display of them in the front of the store. I was so relieved.

I agree that it is unsettling to see the shelves so bare. I've lived in the area since the early 70s and don't remember anything like this.


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Posted by Empty shelves, a resident of another community,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 4:55 pm

Cheryl- here is an article that goes with your story:

Web Link


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Judy - Thanks for the update. Yes, I think the next time I go to the grocery store it will be without the kids.

Empty shelves - Thanks for the article. I don’t use the Apple news app, is there another link to the article?


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Posted by Empty shelves, a resident of another community,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Sorry. Try this

Web Link


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 2, 2020 at 7:42 pm

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Empty Shelves - Thank you for sharing the new link! There are a lot of great suggestions for food to put in an emergency stash whether it’s for the Coronavirus, an earthquake, or other emergency. I liked their “distractibaking” term and being realistic about what you will really want to eat day after day.


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Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Green Acres,
on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:24 am

These are exactly my thoughts, the empty shelves are unsettling. I'm glad this hasn;t happened in most of the grocery shops around me. Only the drug stores and pharmacies are out of any disinfecting products. Hope this is getting any worse, as it's totally unnecessary.
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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

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Elizabeth - Yes, I’m curious what the grocery stores will look like this coming weekend. Hopefully your grocery stores will stay fully stocked.


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