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Pantry Staples to Rely on During a Pandemic


During the COVID-19 pandemic, odds are you’re staying home more than going out. As a person with a compromised immune system due to cancer, you’re probably more vigilant about protecting yourself than people without a compromised immune system. As a result, you may want to limit your trips to the grocery store as much as possible to avoid increased exposure to germs. Thankfully, you can pick up shelf-stable pantry items that provide health benefits, break up your food routine, and not cause concern over expiration dates.

Here are some pantry staples you can pick up to reduce your trips to the grocery store.

Dried or canned legumes such as split peas, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, or kidney beans are durable. They last a long time on the shelf and can be used in a variety of ways. You can use legumes to make stews or salads. Because they’re high in protein and fiber and are packed with vitamins and minerals, legumes are a nutritious option that helps you maintain strength. They’re also very high in phytochemicals that help protect your health. If you choose canned legumes, be sure to wash off the extra sodium before consuming them. Canned fruits like tomatoes are another option. Diced tomatoes and tomato paste can be used to make soups, stews, or salads. If you purchase dried fruits, look for ones with no sugar added.

Shelf-stable milk is ultra-pasteurized and safe to drink. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated until

opened. Shelf-stable milk can provide the calcium needed for your health.

Protein-rich foods such as tuna fish, canned salmon, and sardines are good options.

Grains like brown rice, wild rice, oats, barley, farro, quinoa, and breakfast cereal are important

in your diet.

Peanut butter and jelly can last a while.


These pantry staples are excellent options to reduce your trips to the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance with emotional support during this time of social distancing, reach out to Chix 4 a Cause. Find out about our Gifts of Love Boxes at chix4acause.org.

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