Opinion: Stop the panic buying; food supply chains are safe

At this time, we have been encouraged that within Canada’s food industry, we have witnessed retailers, producers, wholesalers, suppliers and distributors — and all their employees — working together to meet and overcome the issues triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

An independent grocer and their community have a symbiotic relationship, built on trust and a shared belief in the future of their community. Now is not the time to panic, but to trust in the pillars that have made the Canadian food industry so strong and one that is envied around the world.

Continue to shop with the same degree of frequency and quantity. Retail grocery is for all intents and purposes, an essential service right now. Independent grocers will be in the forefront of that service.

Together, we will get through this.

Gary Sands is senior vice-president, public policy & advocacy for the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. He has been with the federation for 20 years and previously held senior political staff positions in the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.