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(MUST READ) Food Distribution Crisis - Insights From a Grocer’s Wife.

Are Your Food Preps Ready?

Part 7

Bugging in or bugging out - food is second only to water.

We are continuing with our migration to north Idaho. But I'm still watching the news daily.

This knowledge was so profound to me when I read it, I am compelled to repost it and share it with all of my blog family. 

Thank you to the author who has given carte blanche to "share this with whom you feel inspired to" during this current pandemic.

I added subtitles to break up the many paragraphs. I also split up some long sentences to make this more mobile-friendly. 

But I did not add any words. 

Food Logistics Nightmare

My husband is a fourth-generation grocer. He is also on the board of directors of a major food distribution co-op in the Western United States. 

We own and operate a small grocery chain spanning three western states. He grew up eating and breathing grocery and food trends from a very young age. 

We have been having a conversation about what is going on in the food industry, from his view as an industry insider. 

These are some logistics to consider which may lead to food shortages and social unrest, particularly in urban areas.

Consider this as an economist, a sociologist, and a psychologist...

Meals from restaurants topped those being made at home, reported the Grocery Industry in 2019. .

About a year ago America’s meals from restaurants topped those being made at home as reported within the grocery industry. 

This is expressed more in urban areas than rural. Urban areas are especially dependent on the restaurant industry for their meals. 

With restaurants closing down this food which is packaged and sold differently cannot be distributed to the grocery stores because of the warehouse, trucking, marketing as well as the packaging issues. 

These things cannot be shifted and changed overnight. This displacement of food distribution has been interrupted and will not quickly be rerouted to the grocery industry as the distribution channels are not in place for it.

Separate distribution channels currently exist for grocers and restauranteurs.

This creates a huge problem for food distribution if we had no hoarding going on at all or any other outside factors - even if these above issues could be addressed somehow immediately- the grocery industry would be completely overwhelmed to start doing double the volume nationwide and in urban areas perhaps triple the volume. 

There is no infrastructure put in place for this, not grocery space in the stores, freezer space in the stores, or refrigeration in stores. 

This would cause massive spoilage if these items could be brought in somehow for distribution. There are not enough grocery employees to handle the double volume. 

However as mentioned before the food channels with communication between restaurant supplies and grocers, the warehouses and packaging capabilities are the biggest obstacles impeding the immediate restructuring of America’s food distribution set up.

Stores Were Wiped Out Quickly

There is another consideration we are witnessing which is not readily understood. 

When this virus became a problem that we as a nation could see as an imminent threat, Utah, because of its culture of food storage and preparing for disaster events seemed to “get the memo” first. 

The week of March 8th grocery sales more than doubled in Utah, up 218%. Many states stayed the same with increases in some. Idaho seemed to “get the memo” about four days later. 

We were out of water and TP four days after Utah. Then we were out of food staples about four days later. Next was produce, following a pattern set by Utah four days earlier.

The problem for us in Idaho was this. The stores in Utah were emptied out then refilled twice by the warehouses before it hit Idaho. 

Many of these Utah stores have trucks delivering daily. So when it did hit Idaho, the warehouses had been severely taxed. 

The week of March 8, 2020, saw a 218% increase in grocery shopping in Utah.  

We had a hard time filling our store back up even one time. 

We missed three scheduled trucks that week alone. Then orders finally came they were first 50% of the order and have dropped to 20%. 

In normal circumstances, we receive 98% of our orders and no canceled trucks. 

The Aftermath

Now three weeks later, the warehouses in the Western United States have all been taxed. In turn, those warehouses have been taxing the food manufacturers. 

These food companies have emptied their facilities to fill the warehouses of the Western United States. 

The East Coast hasn’t seemed to “get the memo” yet. 

When they do what food will be left to fill their warehouses and grocery stores?

Food distribution and resources for the Eastern United States will be at great peril even if no hoarding there takes place. But of course, it will.

Additionally, the food culture of the East Coast and other urban areas is such that people keep very little food on hand. 

They often shop several times weekly for items, if they cook at home. 

They don’t have big freezers full of meat, home-canned vegetables in their storage rooms, gardens, or beans, wheat, and rice in buckets in their basements.

They are least prepared to handle the triple blow of empty warehouses, empty food manufacturer’s warehouses, and the pressure of suddenly most, if not all, food resources needing to come from the grocery stores. 

This, depending on what restrictions are put into place and when causing restaurant access to greatly be restricted or entirely be no longer be a viable option.

For these reasons, the food distribution of the Eastern United States and other urban areas is in great jeopardy. 

When this is understood by the masses social upheaval is likely to take place. 

This is likely to affect the United States as a whole and cause more food scarcity. 

Social upheaval is likely to additionally restrict the ability to bring in food resources.

**** End story.

Get Organized, Get Prepared

Wifey and I spent the past week reorganizing the garage. This meant going through every cardboard box, discarding what we didn't need, and placing in a new plastic tub. 

Each tub, neatly labeled and placed according to our garage map categories, tucked away for future access. 

Aside from the drudgery of the actual work, it was uplifting to see all the food and supplies that will come in handy should we lose access to our food markets or utilities. 

I actually wanted to try some of the Mountain House dried foods but the kids weren't too keen on the "experiment."

Next up is starting seeds indoors. We have the 6x5 egg flats to get us started.

We are also cleaning out our 55-gallon drums to fill with the garden hose. I emptied them Jan 2019 for the move to our home in town (which is still currently for sale.

My power sprayer from Amazon is going to come in handy for cleaning out the barrels. I will follow the recommended bleach-to-water ratio to keep bacteria at bay.

Last, I fired up the generator today. Ran smooth as silk. Topped it off with fluids so it's ready to go in an instant. 

Stay safe out there.


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  2. This East Coast household in Delaware has freezers full of home raised meat and vegetables and pantries full of supplies and dry goods. Not all of us are idiots.

  3. The restaurant food not being able to be sold in grocery stores is ridiculous. It could easily be sold at grocery stores, in bulk. You ever been to a Costo?


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