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Should the Government launch a food-rationing scheme?

The retail industry has insisted there is enough food for everyone and ministers have said rationing is unnecessary, but customers have been faced with empty shelves and have struggled to get everything on their shopping lists.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, dated March 20, experts including Prof Lang, a professor of food policy at City, University of London, called on the Government to “initiate a health-based food-rationing scheme to see the country through this crisis”.

The letter says: “This should start from Public Health England’s Eatwell Plate, our official nutrition guidelines, and draw on expertise from the devolved administrations, and relevant disciplines.”

The professor’s letter calls on the Government to: “Announce immediately that this new Food Rationing Scheme will be open, equitable and based on health needs, taking account of age, income, and vulnerability, and that this will be applied UK-wide.”

The experts are also calling on the Government to “rapidly review options for ensuring people on low incomes have sufficient money to buy a decent diet”, and suggested a national voucher scheme redeemable for nutritionally sound purchases such as fruit and vegetables.

Meanwhile, Allergy UK said it is very aware of the impact of “bulk buying” on people who need “free-from” products.

The charity said: “We have highlighted this issue through all our communication channels and are working together with other partners to bring this to the attention of government departments and agencies on the basis of the needs of people living with food allergy and its potential status as an ‘underlying condition’.

“We are also contacting all the major supermarkets directly to bring this to their attention and ask what action can be taken.”

What are your views? Are you able to get all the food you need? Do you use an online supermarket for your food delivery? Or are you going to the shops? What is your experience to date? Is it improving or getting worse?

Should the Government launch food-rationing scheme?

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jeaniembe
2 days ago
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Don't live near a big supermarket without travelling a fair distance. We come under the government's advice to people who should be self isolating, either due to age or underlying conditions. Whether they ration goods or not, I cannot get any online delivery. They have no slots. Have tried them all and won't accept us as vulnerable because I am 64 yrs although my husband is older. Waitrose have an online form to fill in. I started to do this then it blocked me and said only people living in England could register! If that is not racism! So no choice but to go out or starve! However we are not going out unnecessarily.
snappy11
3 days ago
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I cannot get main food ie eggs milk meat etc
viking
6 days ago
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Can you honestly remember what it was like 60 years ago with rationing ??
The mind plays tricks, where I lived it was hunger time every day, the black market was rife, and the ever presence of being blown to bits by bombs. made it difficult to even venture far for sustinence.
No bombs to-day, but the younger generation would no doubt carry out "civil disobedience" because they would think that rationing was unfair and not something they were used to.
shrew1742
5 days ago
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Is that question for me Viking ? Oh yes I can remember rationing 70 years ago. Being the eldest child I was always the one sent to the shops with the ration book I was always the one who went knocking on the doors of better off neighbours asking if they could 'lend' us a bowl of sugar, can you please let us have a jug of milk until tomorrow, can you let us have some lumps of coal to keep the fire going. I could go on but this would end up being a book. Oh yes, I was about 7/8 years of age and I certainly do remember rationing and many more hardships. Many of us had hard times in those days, so we are 'survivors'. I think most of our younger generation ( and yes, they do have fantastic opportunities in life today, but whether they choose to take them is another thing !) are really good kids at heart and when it comes to what is best for 'the nation' I am pretty sure that they would see sense and rise to the task. But as in my previous post, I don't think is wise to do it at this time.
SusanneJ5
6 days ago
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There may be enough just now but as time goes on and crops go untended they will wither and die so food may become scarce. People need to be sensible about panic buying.
shrew1742
5 days ago
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Some producers are saying that 50% of crops will have to be thrown away if they can't get the 'pickers' in from Eastern Europe. WHY ?? When I was a youngster in the 50's students used to do a lot of the harvesting for farmers etc. Seeing that they will not be going back to school/university before this virus is well and truly done with, maybe they could find it in themselves to come to the fore again !!! It would be much appreciated by the rest of society I am sure. I know social distancing is in force but the fields and poly-tunnels are huge, in most cases, so I really think a method for harvesting crops could be thought up by farmers/the powers that be to get around that. Pay rates the same as the European pickers of course !!!
SusanneJ5
5 days ago
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I agree totally with you.
jeaniembe
2 days ago
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There will be plenty of people available to work but whether they will be willing to take up the task, is another thing! Many people are volunteering to do work in the NHS but many will sit at home on the government promise of 80% pay! Maybe the money should be given only on condition of doing something for it.
Felix1
6 days ago
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I am going back to meals I had when I first left home 49yrs ago. With a bit of luck I might lose weight. For instance, this morning I sliced a mushroom thinly, sautéed it in butter and had it on a piece of toast. Used to be one of my favourite snacks. What I don,t want is being told what I MUST have.
RowenaD2
6 days ago
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Yes there are so many people needing help to feed themselves and their family
Kes
6 days ago
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I believe there is plenty to go round and I don’t think a full rationing system would work very well. Many of us were taken by surprise by the immediate surge of panic buying. If only those morons would have taken a few moments to stop and think and listen. The supermarkets are now putting restrictive measures in place, but they took too long to get a grasp of the panic surge. As a consequence, it will be a long time before we can ever get back to what Is referred to as normal shopping.
shrew1742
6 days ago
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Absolutely agree with you. I was brought up with rationing after WW2 and the situation at the moment is nowhere as dire as that.. As you say the current predicament has all been caused by 'panic buyers', so let's just leave the Supermarkets to do their own form of rationing before involving the government. Can you imagine what would happen if the government announced that rationing will come in to force in X amount of days time !!!!! It doesn't bare thinking about, and the first to suffer that consequence would be the elderly. And you can bet your bottom dollar it would encourage the 'nasty people' to start looting. NO, leave it as it is as THERE IS help out there for anyone requiring 'assisted' shopping.
jeaniembe
2 days ago
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Ha Ha Morons don't think!
georgine
30th Mar 2020
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It would be a good idea, it was just after world war 2 and it worked. Hate to see the amount of waste seen in a Derbyshire village.
Bryn3
30th Mar 2020
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Yes people are selfish and greedy, how are the elderly and the vunerable meant to manage. Also a lot of people are still working and by the time we get around to doing the Friday night/saturday morning shop there is nothing left. If they keep on stockpiling there is going to be a lot of waste! We are too used to buying what we want a bit of rationing is a fair way to stop people being greedy, and will also cut down on waste.
Eiros
30th Mar 2020
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Although food shops now (thankfully) have their own 'rationing' system limiting how many of each item we can get......There is no limit to how many times we can get it. I have heard of people going in, getting their allowed amount, taking it to their car....then going back in again. They are not just fools (the most polite word I could think of) for prolonging their risk of exposure to COVID-19 but they make the queues longer and supplies shorter for the rest of us.
JE
30th Mar 2020
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Yes I agree and have seen and heard of the same thing happening. However, this may be because they are shopping for others as well and the restrictions imposed prevents them doing this in a single shop. In these cases I think that is fair enough.
For others they have the “I’m alright Jack” attitude and I don’t see how we can stop this. If restricted to one visit only then they will just move on to another supermarket.
Eiros
6 days ago
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It is true that they could be shopping for vulnerable people. To my mind that would make the case of introducing some sort of personal rationing system stronger.
JE
6 days ago
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Just thought I would share my latest experience. Went to Asda this morning to do an elderly persons shopping. On my way out I saw a man ( middle aged, respectable and driving a Range Rover!) will an overflowing trolley. He was talking to another man and I overheard him say that that trolley load was not for him, he had done his earlier. It was for others in his family and an old couple. He was complaining that he could only get 3 of certain items which was not enough so was dropping that load in the car and going back in for more. Did not get the chance to say anything but can’t repeat what was in my mind!
HappyHippie
30th Mar 2020
1
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its not that there isn't enough food, its the selfish people who are buying way more than they need, I saw a woman in my local shop buying a trolly full of fresh fruit and veg. my guess is most of it will go off before she can use it
curer
30th Mar 2020
1
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It seems that panic buying has slowed down and the suppliers are catching up after extreme demands for their products..

So, there is no reason to start an expensive system of rationing. (Expensive not only monitory but, also health wise for those producing it)

If everyone stays at home, preserves their supplies carefully and sensibly, I simply cannot see any reason for rationing any more than is already in place with set limits in the supermarkets.

(We love leftover soup!! And have Always made it!! Rarely ever tastes the same! Lol)

Wishing everyone well. Those with time on their hands should use it to be thrifty and imaginative with what they have. Stay home and stay safe. Xxx
blackbeard
30th Mar 2020
2
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Rationing of sorts is already happening with stores limiting how of each item we can buy. Why re-invent the wheel when there is no need.
Mabel06
30th Mar 2020
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I've just managed a supermarket shop this morning. They were only letting in a few people at a time so there was a queue to get in but once inside most shelves were fully stocked (apart from the loo roll isle) and it was lovely to shop with so few people! I managed a full trolley load of food, so we're okay for a while now, thank goodness! There were still limits on the amount number of items of each foodstuff we were allowed though, which I think is only fair but possibly difficult for those with large families so properly thought out rationing, taking into consideration how many mouths you have to feed, might well be the answer.
granmabones
30th Mar 2020
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I think rationing is needed but let the shops do it, they know what stocks are available. Hopefully the the panic has slowed and people realise that at the moment we do not have shortages and will shop as normal.
dementedgranma
30th Mar 2020
1
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I can only get to my local Tesco, the shelves are empty, no fresh fruit, meat or vegetables.
Row after row of emptiness.
I then look on FaceBook and people are throwing away fresh food by the bag full.
It is so sad that this country has turned into such a greedy and selfish place.
I blame the lefties for their wish washy rules, everyone is a winner, there can be no losers.
spencer1
30th Mar 2020
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i am in my 80s and self isolating so relying on my daughter to shop my soninlaws father is in the same boat the problem they are having is refused things that are limited as no one believes them that they are shopping for three of us its assumed they are just being greedy.so maybe i would vote yes.
GwenH5
30th Mar 2020
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Rationing is the only way to stop the shelf strippers.
Tesco has introduced its own measures but there has been a flurry of complaints and paltry excuses. These people will not stop hoarding until legal measures are introduced.
Ginny1962
30th Mar 2020
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There is no need for rationing things are calming down I went shopping this morning there was no wait to get in and the shelves are restocked yes there are restrictions on certain things but you've got to accept the rules and stay safe
MrsPat
30th Mar 2020
3
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We seem to be ok around here with our local shops and we have a small farm shop who has started delivering but I do think the authorities should ration food. We simply do not need to eat the amount we all do.
CliveT7
30th Mar 2020
4
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As a small minority of people seem unable to shop responsibly, and we are told that there are adequate supplies. Then as usual the majority will be need to suffer the inconvenience of rationing of essential items. It worked in the 1970s with petrol rationing.. It would be the only way to ensure that we are truly IN IT TOGETHER
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Hello Clive

Welcome to Silversurfers. We hope you are enjoying the site if you would like to join the discussion on the challenges of self-isolation then here’s where to go: https://www.silversurfers.com/silversurfers-forum/topic/daily-diaries-of-those-who-are-self-isolating-due-to-coronavirus/

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VernR
30th Mar 2020
3
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I do think rationing would solve the stockpiling problems but I don't think a fair and well thought out scheme could be implemented soon enough.
TraceyC47
30th Mar 2020
2
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I am a carer on Universal Credit, I have to buy food where it is available so struggling to make my money last the month. I have an egg allergy so cannot randomly just grab something off the shelf, I also have food intolerances. I have a disabled adult daughter with an autoimmune disease and a low immune system that somehow did not qualify as one of the 1.5 million vulnerable people, she lives alone and had to manage while her carer went into isolation with symptoms. My eldest daughter also has an egg allergy and is lactose intolerant. She and her partner (he is a key worker) have quite bad asthma and are raising 2 children (one that is disabled).

We are having to hunt for food in 2 separate areas of Tyne and Wear. I managed to get a delivery slot with Asda but received it today minus some vital items because they were out of stock.

The sister I care for has a very serious health condition and she shut herself off from the world. I spend my days in self-isolation praying my family can get food and do not fall ill, I am a little luckier than some as one of my sons is with me and is doing the food hunting, however, I see him terrified of bringing the virus home to me as my health is not great but falls a long way short of vulnerable.

The food situation is dire and I cannot see it improving while people are allowed to bulk buy. Despite efforts to protect the vulnerable and the elderly, people fall between the cracks and far too many are suffering and have to beg for help!
[deleted]
30th Mar 2020
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Hi Tracey

We hope things get better for you I am sure the panic buying will all slow down shortly as people can only store so much or spend so much on food. Then you will be able to get the provisions you need and if you would like to join the discussion on the challenges of self-isolation then here’s where to go: https://www.silversurfers.com/silversurfers-forum/topic/daily-diaries-of-those-who-are-self-isolating-due-to-coronavirus/

Keep safe
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TraceyC47
30th Mar 2020
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Thanks for the info. I was in my 20's when I first reacted to eggs and every few years I add a new intolerance to my list. My daughter 32, if following me almost to the year, except for the lactose intolerance. She has everyone looking for her milk up here, its like gold dust 🙁
SandraA465
29th Mar 2020
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What food we can’t get any?
MrsPat
30th Mar 2020
1
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Are you not able to get to your local shops Sandra?
TraceyC47
30th Mar 2020
0
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If it is anything like my local shop ..... hardly any milk, sugar, bread, pasta, toilet rolls, paracetamol .... and what they do have is limited to one per person. Any other shop is 30 mins away by bus.
Lionel
29th Mar 2020
5
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I see from our online press late yesterday waste bins full of out of date food. Standby, rat populations in towns and cities will explode (they're not self isolating), urban foxes, with such a plentiful supply, will breed like mad too!

Looks like the trouble has only just begun.
PurpleHat
28th Mar 2020
3
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Do you find that things are settling down a bit? After being unable to get a delivery slot or click and collect at all in the foreseeable future in any store, my Son-in-law nobly went to our nearest town to shop for me on his Saturday off from necessary work as my asthmatic daughter is self-isolating too. He did not have to queue for long, and managed to get most of the list he was given. We are OK now for at least 2 weeks. As he hates shopping I salute him, and all the others now helping out!
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28th Mar 2020
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Lionel
28th Mar 2020
4
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I well remember the sugar shortage of late 1974. My first wife and I were about to get married and there was no sugar to be had for the cake icing.

In previous weeks I'd been charming an Egyptian girl who worked in a convenience store. Went back and promised her a piece of our cake in return for icing sugar etc., Bless her heart, she came up trumps, more sugar than we could use.

A few weeks later, there was a real toilet roll shortage and no amount of charming anyone secured even a single role.
[deleted]
29th Mar 2020
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Lionel
29th Mar 2020
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Polly-Rae
30th Mar 2020
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I remember those shortages Lionel. Plus the bread shortage which was also in 1974 I think. Like you I was newly married and decided to make my own bread. How hard could it be! Well very hard as it turned out - doorstop anyone?
Lionel
30th Mar 2020
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Yes, Polly, the wedding cake was duly iced with royal icing - my fiancee did herself. Three months later, whilst on my own in the London flat with my first Collie, an Irish neighbour knocked and asked if I wanted a lunch time pint. Silly question!

Trouble was, I'd left the chip pan on the stove and when I got back the dog was coughing and the flat filled with fat smoke. The kitchen was wrecked.

The only thing to survive the fire and smoke was a chunk of iced wedding cake in a tin!
Yagala
28th Mar 2020
2
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I really do believe that it will be a good idea, thus people are not hoarding unnecessary things they easily can buy later and thus not undo other people with the little necessities.
Lionel
28th Mar 2020
6
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Well, having been to Morrisons twice in 24 hours, once for us and once for elderly folk nearby, I don't think we need government intervention.

Shelves very well stacked, only a few queued up outside and even fewer in the shop. I think the greedy many have over stocked their shelves and there's nowhere else to put extra food.

As said below, the longer we can avoid involving the government in such daily matters the better.
JE
28th Mar 2020
3
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Went to my local Sainsbury’s this morning to do my weekly shop and managed to get everything I wanted, including chicken and toilet rolls. Although you had to queue outside it did not take very long to get in the store. Given instructions before we went in about social distancing and reminded of restrictions in place on items. It was well organised and controlled.
The aisles that have canned goods were fairly bear and there was only a couple of packets of pasta but most other things seemed to be available. Things are clearly improving on this front now the supermarkets have had time to get a better grip on things.
Wilf
28th Mar 2020
1
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Our local supermarket has enough food and people are queuing in an orderly fashion and only 20 people are allowed at one time which is very sensible.
Retiredyorkie
27th Mar 2020
4
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Supermarkets could control rationing by putting a limit on the amount of things purchased as it would take more time for the Government to get rationing organised.

The other alternative is called self discipline and common sense which seems to have completely gone out of the window and is proving that there are still a number of selfish people in the world whilst key workers are putting their lives on the line for the good of others.
jeanmark
27th Mar 2020
2
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All our local supermarkets have introduced rationing, each customer is only allowed one or a specific number of each item, depending on the item, to prevent panic buying.
VeraS
27th Mar 2020
3
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Would stop all the greedy people emptying shelves
viking
27th Mar 2020
2
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Perhaps anyone who is a debenture holder of shares in any of the big four supermarkets can let us know how things are at the next quarter day ??
ecarg
27th Mar 2020
3
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It seems to me that stock levels are varying over the country,our local supermarket is pretty well stocked - cheese and pasta not available .I would prefer rationing not to be introduced but as production levels drop it may become necessary to ensure a fair distribution of goods that available
Lionel
27th Mar 2020
4
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I'm not keen to hand yet more powers to the State. During two world wars, so many powers were taken by the State and never given back. Hence the rise of the Post War Cradle to Grave Nanny State. Added to which we now have new legislation, draconian in its scope, to further dictate how we may live in our own country.

If I remember rightly, Billthequiche was a supermarket manager and so would know better than all of us just how much they can do to ease the situation.

Clearly there must be some order put into the food delivery arrangements. Surely, with some input from NHS, surgeries etc., supermarkets can prioritise the truly needy and back-list those more able to care for themselves. Given just how much the State knows about the individual this won't be rocket science.

Some sense of order must be applied to the present chaos but rationing is a very drastic step, a blunt instrument on a broken limb.
Retiredyorkie
27th Mar 2020
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Greatly appreciate what you are saying but do think the NHS Doctors surgeries etc have more than enough to cope with as well as trying to help organise food distribution
Billythequiche
27th Mar 2020
4
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This can be done much easier by retailers to government guide lines. What needs doing urgently is to restrict online shopping and deliveries to those who should not go out because of age/medical issues. The info is mostly on our loyalty cards but should not be difficult to obtain. Going to the supermarket and risking ourselves and others is not ideal.
Have had an order waiting for a delivery slot for three weeks. Logged on today and it is a good day, only 20,000 in the queue before me.
Call me paranoid, but I suspect that the same people who tripped the shelves have also grabbed all of the delivery slots.
ArchieUK
27th Mar 2020
4
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my wife went to our local supermarket this morning 27th March, plenty of everthing we needed, the store had limits on some products, but plenty of bread,eggs,milk etc, the shelves filling up and it was less crowded.
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Hi Archie it yes that's what we think it will all level out soon as there is only so much people can stockpile?
Stay safe
Best wishes
Sue
seacoombe
27th Mar 2020
3
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We have now experienced panic buying but what happens in 2/3 months time when stocks start running out and aren't being replaced as many of the population haven't been working to produce more stock? We don't have infinite products! Rationing may well have to be introduced but it is up to us to use/waste less and try alternatives. Difficult times ahead!
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Helo and Welcome Seacombe, Yes I noticed on my online shop that there were limits now on products I could order so we are slowly being rationed. Italian pasta products are not available this must be due to Italy's problems.

Stay safe
Sue
Hedgie
27th Mar 2020
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I think this a good idea, even with the hour three times a week for the over 70s at supermarkets the shelves are still bare of the basics.
ErnieTheUnwise
27th Mar 2020
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Unfortunately it looks like there will need to be some sort of centalised control over food distribution to the poorest and most vulnerable because well meaning folks can't cover the ground needed either in volume or time.

Its a patchwork quilt of need across the country and it would need a massive pulling together of resources which are already at maximum capacity. That's why the 250,00 volunteers were called for to support the NHS.

The government will just let some groups suffer more than others provided the Banks continue to be protected and the Banks themselves will gouge the self employed and small businesses with crippling interest rates and foreclosure conditions that pass the assets to the Banks. This is not an unintended consequence of the Banks actions,
Wilf
27th Mar 2020
2
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I just read an excellent article in the Times today about the Supermarkets and food supply. Apparently Tescos are taking on 20,000 more staff to cope.
ErnieTheUnwise
27th Mar 2020
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That's interesting about the extra staff at Tesco, they were making big redundancies a few months ago I think when they were changing their bakery production around.
mdan2011
26th Mar 2020
4
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I was initially divided on this but the more I have thought about it the more I feel there needs to be rationing. There are far too many people without enough food whilst there are others' who have so much they are throwing it away as it has gone off. Some people, like my daughter, cannot buy in bulk and so tries to buy on a weekly basis. My wife and I have given her and her husband money to buy in bulk but we can't keep doing that. If people were not so greedy there would be plenty to go around of all types of food and sundries. Instead, I have seen for myself the empty shelves and look of desperation etched into the faces of young and old trying to get the basic essentials; milk, bread, tinned foods and of course, toilet paper.
Yodama
26th Mar 2020
4
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A temporary rationing may be necessary. I live out in the countryside and when I go to town, I have found empty shelves.
Staples like eggs, and milk are all taken ( plenty of bread though.)
Since I am now in lockdown, I am unable to search for necessities, online delivery slots are impossible to find.
People who live near the supermarkets are able to grab everything as soon as possible.

I would like to see rationing, it has been a week since I have seen an egg let alone fresh meat.
Too much panic buying needs some regulation.

Only for a short while I hasten to add, we don't want to live in a police state.
Margaret Hart
26th Mar 2020
4
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Our bin men said that last week they had more wasted food than they had ever had before while many people have nothing as they had no money to stock up for themselves or their children. Why are people so silly and greedy. I’m in the very high risk group so not allowed to go out and so is my husband so we have to rely on the kindness of people to do it for us and we are lucky. However since the virus started I have started to need incontinence pads and have spent from 8 this morning until now to try to place an order with Boots but I did not know my password so that added the second 5 hours aNd then it said I had run out of time for a change in password. I have had to email Boots as the size I need are like hens teeth to find. I can’t get on anybody’s online lists to order a shop even though as a high dependency patient I should have been given priority treatment but that’s not happening. Please everybody think of others we are all in this together and if the panic buying had never started we would all have plenty now.
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Munsterlander
26th Mar 2020
3
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Not yet as it all seems to have settled down a bit. I tried to get 2 packets of tea yesterday for myself and my neighbour but could only buy one. Good I was very happy to see that and it is as it should be; lets be sensible and we will all get through these times together and hopefully learn and build a better society.
Dani
26th Mar 2020
5
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No need for this yet...it might become necessary but I doubt it. Our growing season is upon us and there will be more local produce available. The people who have selfishly stockpiled will be fed up with moving a case of tomato sauce before they can use the sofa. The majority will ease into the new normality and buy sensibly. Rationing would be a knee jerk reaction and encourage anxiety and panic, as well as an opportunity for the profiteers to make a killing.
Felix1
26th Mar 2020
3
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Good idea if they think this is going to go on for a longish time.
arnoldbradford
26th Mar 2020
2
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Not just food but all greedy moron people stocking up on other items (guess what they could be).
ElisabethR
26th Mar 2020
2
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People are afraid and one of the things they could do to protect their families was to stockpile food. Now the madness seems to have passed things should be fine. Fruit and veg could be a problem as time goes on......... Now the supermarkets have realised hopefully they will be more aware.
JE
26th Mar 2020
2
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Although the panic buying appears to have eased off there is still evidence of people buying the items that were previously a problem as soon as they appear in the shops whether needed or not. Simply because they fear they may not have the chance to get any at a later date. Toilet rolls being a prime example.
There needs to be some sort of limit on certain items which supermarkets could impose. I think rationing or vouchers for healthier foods as suggested in the article would be a logistical nightmare. However perhaps those people with special dietary needs should be considered as “special cases” .
bob scott
26th Mar 2020
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No need if super market rotated shelf filling to different times of the day, I have hardly seen more than two or three re - stocking the shelves during the day, they seem to follow the same pattern receive overnight straight out on the shop floor all the vital goods gone by 10. a.m. It's a crisis of which older people cannot get the necessary's. Most Super Markets allocate a 9.0 to 10. slot for elderly but it is a waste of time as its all gone, 6.0. times I have been in for toilet rolls, none to date so far. Bob Scott.
Wilf
26th Mar 2020
4
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Well they should have done it weeks ago..BUT I am not sure how it would work unless we all had coupons like in the war and it would probably be a right mess to implement so, for now, I would say we just all need to be sensible and with the self isolating hopefully we should all be ok
Margsret3skycom
26th Mar 2020
2
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Should have already been put into action
swaneldo
26th Mar 2020
5
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Shops are equally responsible for allowing huge unnecessary amounts to have been bought - greed has caused this situation both on the shop side and those shopping. There is enough for everyone if the selfish are prevented from grabbing everything in sight for themselves. If someone overshops, they should be allowed to reach the tills then the whole lot confiscated and they leave with nothing. The amount of food being wasted must be shocking.

I'm a full time carer for my 93 year old mum - we don't come under the priority list. I must have constant contact with mum so I can't go out in case I bring infection back to her. I always keep a running store cupboard, but I can't top up any more as there are no delivery slots.
Sin
26th Mar 2020
2
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Went shopping this morning and there was plenty of food. The only shortage was frozen pizza, marrowfat peas (no loss there), alcohol (which doesn’t effect me) and the specialty counters (fish, pizza, meat) were closed. The shops are also limiting people to stop panic buying but I think the panic buying craze has finally stopped anyway.
viking
26th Mar 2020
2
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Maybe it would have a real benifit by reducing obesity !!
MikeBrough
26th Mar 2020
7
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No need. After the stockpiling surge, things seem to be settling down again and people are shopping as normal.

It still makes sense to limit sales of things like toilet rolls and paracetamol for a few days but, apart from that, no need.

If things get worse - imports being restricted due to production problems in other countries or issues at our docks and airports - then it might be time to reconsider.

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