Sunday morning grocery shopping

So…Sunday morning is for grocery shopping in our house. We have a pickup appointment in a few days at Walmart. Yes, they’re going crazy, already. We knew Trader Joe wouldn’t be open until 9AM…they had a sign up, last week, announcing the change for restocking time.

We arrived about 5 minutes before opening time. Crap! Parking lot full. The line to the entrance was about 2 blocks long. What can you do? We joined onto the end of the line. No one stood very close to the person ahead.

Once the door opened, the line moved a bunch – then stopped. After 10 minutes of nothing, we resumed moving, slow and steady. When we reached the entrance, we learned why. They were limiting the number of folks shopping to 50. Someone leaves, their cart is wiped down when returned. Back at the entrance, you were handed over to another already-shiny cart and allowed in.

Frankly, it worked smoothly. Shopping wasn’t any longer than usual. Got the TJ portion of our grocery list and out the door. And when I brought the cart back to the lineup, the important thing I noticed was that the line was holding at only several shoppers down to none. Next week, we’ll time it to arrive a hour later.

🙂

Attaboy, TJ! Feels like you got it right on.

4 thoughts on “Sunday morning grocery shopping

  1. Cassandra says:

    “Farmworkers are risking their lives to feed a nation on lockdown.” https://grist.org/justice/farmworkers-are-risking-their-lives-to-feed-a-nation-on-lockdown/
    There are more than 2.4 million farmworkers across the country, and it’s estimated that about half are undocumented. In the most recent economic stimulus package, Congress earmarked $9.5 billion for the Department of Agriculture and $14 billion in loans for the agricultural industry, but none of this funding is specifically directed at farm laborers.
    Farmworkers on average earn about $10.60 per hour and have a median annual income between $17,500 and $19,999. Just 47 percent of farmworkers reported having health insurance, according to the latest National Agricultural Workers Survey.
    As Americans have complied with stay-at-home orders, they’ve also rushed to stockpile groceries. One of the side effects is that farmworkers are facing an increased level of food insecurity. By the time workers finish their shifts, staples like beans and rice are sold out at grocery stores. Food pantries are also running out of food, according to farmworkers and advocates.
    The Economic Policy Institute also warns that the peak in farm employment, which increases from spring through July, will overlap with the coronavirus peak. https://www.epi.org/publication/coronavirus-and-farmworkers-h-2a/

  2. Meanwhile says:

    “Deaths Expose Fears for Strength of U.S. Food-Supply Chain” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-08/the-workers-who-produce-america-s-meat-are-starting-to-die
    “Plant disruptions are also hitting American farmers. Fears of closures first sent cattle futures traded in Chicago tumbling, but prices are now rebounding as traders wait to see just how long the problems will last.”
    “The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a shock to tens of millions of people in rich countries around the world: Suddenly, they can’t buy the food they want, when they want.
    Food supply chains in developed economies are showing increased signs of strain as nationwide lockdowns designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus heap pressure on systems that had very little slack to begin with. The result is empty store shelves, and panicked buyers.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/business/food-supply-chains-coronavirus/index.html
    “The port backups that have paralyzed food shipments around the world for weeks aren’t getting much better. In fact, in some places, they’re getting worse.” https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/it-s-getting-a-lot-harder-to-ship-food-around-the-world
    “…At risk is the flow of goods like food, medicine and energy via commercial shipping, which accounts for about 80% of global trade. While unseen by most consumers, restrictions on crews are among the unprecedented challenges wrought by the virus, which has ground major economies to a halt.” https://gcaptain.com/ship-crews-stuck-in-lockdown-strain-global-supply-chains/

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