The Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption to food systems globally, leading to rising prices of staple foods and reduced access to healthy food. To ensure your family has enough sustenance during this time, it is important to stock up on nonperishable vegetables that can last a few days out of refrigeration. Winter pumpkins, such as acorn squash, can be kept for a few months, while potatoes, carrots, celery, brussels sprouts, winter squash and cabbage can all be stored for a few weeks. Whenever possible, try to get fresh produce and cook large quantities of soups, stews or other dishes to make them last longer.
If you are unable to get fresh produce, frozen options are also available and will retain most of their nutrients and flavor. It is important to make sure children continue to get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet during the pandemic. However, due to the lockdown measures, buying, storing and cooking fresh vegetables can be challenging. To address this issue, it is important to carry out awareness-raising campaigns on good food hygiene practices and the nutritional value of different foods.
Data from the current study highlights the fragility of global food systems during the COVID-19 pandemic and emphasizes the need for rapid and repeated assessment tools to provide real-time information on food security impacts.