Resources for Food

Food resources

Food Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rice County Emergency Food Resources

Rice County Emergency Food Resources (Spanish)

Rice County Emergency Food Resources (Somali)

Two Week Menu Kit

EBT Benefits

Shopping for the Essentials

Trips to the grocery store can be daunting during this time of social distancing. Here are some tips you can share with families:

  • Families should designate one person to shop for groceries or other things you need. Limit trips to weekly at most. If families have resources and storage, every two weeks is even better.
  • Consider store policies. Many stores are closing now at night for deep cleaning and restocking. A shopping trip earlier in the day may be a good idea.
  • If sanitizing wipes are available (or you’ve brought your own), wipe down your cart handle before using.
  • “Shop with your eyes and not with your hands.” Only touch the items you are going to buy.
  • Really, really don’t touch your face.
  • Social distancing means staying at least six feet away from each other, even in line at the check-out.
  • Organize your list so that it corresponds with the layout of the store. The goal is to make one sweep and limit your time there.
  • Reusable bags are still okay – but offer to pack your own bags to protect the check-out person as much as yourself. Wash down your counters at home after setting bags on them and unpacking, reusable or plastic.
  • If there is no one to watch your kids, help your kids understand about social distancing, avoiding touching their face and cleaning hands with sanitizer as soon as they leave the store.
  • It’s not necessary to wash everything when you get home from the store, but do wash your hands after putting groceries away. Produce eaten fresh should be carefully washed, just as always.

For more ideas on creating meal plans and shopping lists during this time, check out this University of Minnesota Extension website.