Self-Isolation Series Part 3: The Grocery Experience

Let me start off by saying that Grocery Workers are definitely some of the heroes during this whole pandemic. We need food so grocery stores have to remain open, and rely on their staff to come in. Witnessing what they have to put up with during this situation shows how resilient and important they are. (Yes, I’m talking about customers being ruder and more impatient than normal).

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The grocery buying experience has become something more than a chore. In trying to social distance, it can be difficult in a grocery store, which yes even if they are limiting the amount of people in a time, may mean standing in a line outside the store. Though I find most people are trying to keep 6 feet apart in line, I did have a woman tell me last week that I could move up. I ignored her, because why get into it. Additionally, many grocery stores have had employees diagnosed with Covid-19, meaning there is an increased risk of catching it while you’re shopping anyway. The advantages to having a car during this pandemic is that you can do a massive grocery shop and not have to go back for more food for quite awhile. Those of us who live in a city, and normally rely on walking or transit (i.e., we don’t have cars!) struggle to bring a large amount of groceries home. Meaning we can only buy as much as we can carry, and then we need to go back.

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You’re probably thinking, why not just order your groceries in then? Well, let me tell you that I’ve tried. It’s not that easy when you live in a large metro center like Toronto. Some grocery stores require you to check daily to see if there are delivery time slots available – there never are. Other stores (and grocery delivery services) will let you select delivery time slots up to 21 days in advance – there are no slots available for the next 21 days. So if I want groceries, I need to physically go to the store. I also recently read a news article about how people with disabilities and the elderly, who normally rely on grocery delivery and now cannot get their groceries delivered. Morally, I struggle with having groceries delivered because of this, which is why I didn’t even start looking at delivery until a few days ago when I gave in to external pressure. Alas, I suppose that is not a concern at this point since I won’t be having them delivered regardless.

IMG_6304Doesn’t seem to matter what company I try or what time of day it is, this is always what it says.

This whole situation has put everyone out of their element. Realistically, I do have enough food to last me another week or two, but I want fresh fruit and veggies, and I want to be able to buy a few things that I can use to cook healthy, delicious meals. I know that we are all in this together. Until next week, take care my friends.