Buy Smart & Don't Overfill Your Cart

These are uncertain times for all of us.  We owe a big debt of gBuy Smart Opens in new windowratitude to our health care workers, first responders, delivery and those who provide essential services. They are on the front lines keeping us all safe while we shelter in place to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus in our community and throughout California.

The same is true of our dedicated grocery workers who are working extra hours, away from their families to ensure our grocery stores are stocked and we have what we need.  

We all have been frustrated when we see bare shelves when grocery shopping.  Widespread uncertainty has caused consumers to buy more than they need during this naturally stressful time.  But Californians can be confident that grocery stores will remain open and that food and essential supplies remain plentiful.

Next time you go shopping please buy only what you need for a week. There is no need to overbuy. This will help stores catch up with the increased demand.

Think of it this way: Buy Smart. Don’t Overfill Your Cart. There is enough for all.

We are all looking for some normalcy in our lives and going back to our typical shopping patterns is an important part of that.

Tips to Buy Smart

The California Grocers Association is taking steps to reassure consumers that grocery stores will remain open and that food and essential supplies remain plentiful through our “Buy Smart. Don’t Overfill Your Cart.” There is #Enough4All ( campaign.

Getting shopping patterns back to normal and reducing stress on both shoppers and the distribution system can go a long way toward creating normalcy in our grocery stores.”

Here are tips to help ensure a safe shopping experience for everyone:

  • Only visit the grocery store when it’s essential, and then buy only what you need for one week, or a little more. Be creative with what you have on hand before going to the store and don’t overbuy. There is enough for all if we keep shopping patterns normal.
  • Help reduce store crowding. Don’t bring extra people on your visit to the store if at all possible.
  • Practice social distancing within the store. The CDC guideline is 6-feet – the safe distance to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. An average grocery cart is 3-feet long, so keep a distance of two grocery carts between you and others.
  • Inspect produce with your eyes, not your hands. To avoid unnecessary handling of fruits and vegetables use a produce bag to make your selection.
  • Avoid unnecessary handling of all items in the store. Try not to pick up cans or boxes or other products unless you plan to buy. Let your eyes guide your choice.
  • Don’t crowd the check stand. Keep your distance from the person in front of you. As a courtesy, some grocers have marked the floors in and around the checkout area to assist you in keeping a safe distance. Wait until the customer in front of you has finished collecting their groceries before unloading your groceries at the check stand.
  • Treat grocery employees with kindness. They are working hard to provide everyone with safe access to the food and supplies they need. Be patient as they go about their work including additional cleaning protocols and consider acknowledging them with a big “thank you”.
  • Be aware of your store’s special hours or procedures. Many grocers are offering special shopping hours exclusively for seniors or other vulnerable populations. Check out your store’s website or call in advance.
  • Allow for extra time. Some stores are queuing customers outside their main entrance to reduce crowding within the store.

About the California Grocers Association: For more than 120 years, the California Grocers Association has served as the voice of the state’s grocery community. A nonprofit, statewide trade association, CGA’s membership is comprised of over 300 retailers operating more than 6,000 brick-and-mortar stores, and approximately 150 grocery supply companies.

The Association is recognized as the leading resource in the areas of government and industry relations for California’s food industry and its customers while also providing continuing education opportunities for industry employees and their children.