Local Retailers Rushed to Restock Supplies Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Amanda Cooper
March 17, 2020 - 10:30 pm
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Shoppers in the metro are continuing to buy food and supplies in bulk, and retailers are struggling to keep up with demand. School closures, employers requiring associates to telework from home, and rumors of a possible mandatory lockdown in the state are contributing factors to the high demand. From cleaning and sanitizing supplies to food and produce, shoppers are making a mad dash to prepare for many are calling the "unknown" as they state and federal officials combat the coronavirus.

In Cobb County, one Walmart shopper says she went shopping late at night and to avoid long lines only to find empty shelves. In a rush to meet the demand of frantic shoppers, retailers have announced that they are closing their stores earlier to allow associates to restock shelves. 

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 Governor Brain Kemp and local leaders have asked Georgians not to stockpile food and supplies unnecessarily; however, many have not taken heed leaving senior citizens and late shoppers fending for themselves. 

Several organizations have stepped up to collect food for seniors, the homeless, and low-income families. In the City of Stockbridge, Councilman Elton Alexander, along with a small group of volunteers, hosted a Coronavirus Food Drive today at the Sylvain and Evans Funeral Home. Many residents stopped by to drop off can goods, produce, fruit, bread, and non-perishable goods to help those in need. 

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Alexander says he will continue to host the food drive every Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of the funeral home, which is located at 2750 Hwy 42N McDonough, GA 30253.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in Georgia is growing rapidly every day.

For up to date information from GDPH visit  https://dph.georgia.gov/ .