At Metro Community Development we care deeply for our community and clients. Below are some general resources to aid you through the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

  1. Organize shopping list before you go in: Order the items on your list so that you are following the order of the aisles to reduce time in the store

  2. Wipe down the shopping cart or wear gloves: Many stores have sanitizing wipes available, but another option is to wear a pair of latex gloves

  3. Leave the Family at home: Makes social distancing easier, and reduces possible, unnecessary exposure to the virus

  4. Maintain your 6-foot bubble: Maintain a 6-foot distance from other shoppers, while in aisle, and at the checkouts

  5. Keep your hands clean while shopping: Use hand-sanitizer when possible and avoid touching your face

  6. Grab items from back of the shelf: Items in the back likely haven’t been handled as much, so there’s less chance of exposure

Foods to Buy During Pandemic

Meat & Protein

  • Whole chickens are much less expensive than precut chickens and can provide multiple meals.

  • Canned meats and fish are shelf-stable, affordable options for recipes.

  • Non-traditional proteins like canned or dry beans/peas.

  • Eggs and cheese are great sources of protein that have an extended refrigeration time and lower prices.



Bread & Grains
  • Store bread in the freezer to maintain freshness.

  • Combine pasta with vegetables and protein for budget-friendly and filling meals.

  • Be creative with oatmeal and baking supplies you may already have on hand.



Fruits & Vegetables
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen, cheaper, and can be used the same as fresh.

  • Fruits canned in their own juice are another great shelf-stable option.

  • Onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, apples, & oranges are good options for longer shelf life.



Dairy & Cheese
  • Buy yogurt in bulk and serve in a bowl to cut down on costs.

  • Freeze milk to extend life.

  • Use dry milk in any recipe calling for milk.

Mott Foundation Building

503 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 804

Flint, Michigan 48502

Phone  (810) 767-4622

Fax  (810) 767-4664

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