April 7, 2020

Pantry Essentials for COVID-19

As our stay in place orders are being extended, many are taking a close look at the provisions they had purchased to avoid trips to the grocery store. But now as many are entering the third week of self-isolation to flatten the curve of COVID-19, you may be needing a grocery order soon. We searched the internet for the pantry essentials you need to add to your grocery list to keep your shelves stocked during COVID-19.

First things first, scan that pantry!

Before you hop in your car or start your online grocery order, take a look at the non-perishables you already have in your pantry. In the winter months, many already stock their pantry shelves with non-perishables. See what items you have left and start to meal prep that way. The last thing you want to do is panic buy in bulk, hurting other shoppers who also need to feed their families.

Once you’ve taken an inventory of what you already have, start your list.

Non-perishables to add to your pantry.

It’s important that when you are making your grocery list you buy things that you’ll actually eat and enjoy. Take a look at these categories of pantry essentials for COVID-19 and any weather or national event.

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Applesauce
  • Canned fruit 
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned vegetable staples like green beans, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, etc.
  • Canned soups
  • Jarred soups, sauces and purees
  • Salsa


  • Canned or pouched tuna, salmon, turkey, or chicken
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix


  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Popcorn (buy the stovetop kernels instead of microwave popcorn)
  • Crackers


  • Powdered milk
  • Canned milk


  • Vegetable oil
  • Olive oil


  • Water
  • Broth 
  • Protein shakes
  • Electrolyte drinks

Additional items – Pantry Essentials

While these are great examples of staples to have on hand in your pantry, don’t forget to think of other members in your household who may not be able to eat lentils: we’re talking about your babies and pets. 

Make sure you have formula, baby food, etc. for your little ones as these items tend to sell out quickly once they hit the shelves. Brands like Similac are doing direct shipments so you don’t have to step into a store to purchase for your bundle of joy.

You also want to make sure you have food for your four-legged babies. Make sure you have wet and dry food for Fido and your feline pals. Be sure if you have other pets of the reptile or other variety you also are able to care for them!

Some grocery stores offer curbside pick-up to minimize contact between shoppers. Check out the Rosie app to see if any of your local favorites are available!

We hope these pantry essential guidelines help you in your grocery shopping and check out these food safety tips!