We have plenty of food — As Ontario grocery outlets experience apocalyptic-like madness with check-out line-ups extending to the backs of the stores as items are flying off the shelves faster than they can be restocked, the Ford government wants to reassure Ontarians that there is no need for such hysteria.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs issued a joint statement related to grocery buying habits and COVID.19
The provincial government has offered some reassurance to Ontarians that there is no need for consumers to be causing epic line-ups at stores or hoarding groceries to last months.
“There is plenty of food in the supply chain,” said the Deputy Premier and the Minister of Health, “and a reliable distribution network able to meet the needs of Ontarians.
They also emphasised that Ontario’s food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and requested that Ontarians resume normal grocery buying habits.
“The health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our government’s number one priority,” reads the statement.
“Ontarians can be confident that our food supply is robust and that our distribution system will continue to operate and remain responsive to the needs of Ontarians. Rest assured, we have plenty of food that will continue to reach grocery stores on a regular basis.
“Our food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and our government remains committed to ensuring Ontarians can access healthy and nutritious Ontario-produced foods.
“Please practice normal grocery buying habits and rest assured that our grocery production and supply chain will continue to provide Ontarians with the food we enjoy each and every day,” reads Elliott and Hardeman’s joint statement.”
story by Terry Lankstead, lead photo by Frank Greco