Many people have turned to gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic, not just as a hobby but to generate their own food source. Food supply chains are slowing down, grocery stores consistently see less items in stock and delivery services like Instacart, Shipt and Amazon Fresh are overwhelmed with orders.
Feeding America, the largest food bank network, reported there’s skyrocketing demand and plummeting supply of food since the Coronavirus pandemic started. There has been a 98 percent increase in demand for food assistance and 59 percent of food banks with less inventory.
CEO of Feeding America, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, said in a statement, “Never has the charitable food system faced such tremendous challenge, and we need all the resources we can get to help our neighbors during this terrible time.”
We know the benefits of growing your own vegetables are plentiful; it promotes healthy eating, saves money, and decreases our environmental footprint. The reality is that for elderly people or anyone who is immunocompromised, going out in public and shopping at the local supermarket isn’t an option. For others, we’re struggling to find what we need in stock at the grocery store.
With home information on how to start your own garden at home widely available, gardening has seen a surge in popularity. If you’re contemplating growing your own food in this unprecedented time, consider growing the following:
While some are turning to gardening to become more sustainable, others are turning to gardening as a reprieve from the potentially harsh realities of everyday life such as sick family members, furloughs and layoffs, and other stressors. No matter why you choose to garden, we salute you!