Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping

During this unprecedented time, the health and safety of our customers and associates is our top priority. We’re working hard to keep our stores clean, open and stocked, and to make sure you have a safe experience every time you shop with us.

“[The COVID-19] pandemic is a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in any of our lifetimes,” says Dr. Marc R. Watkins, Chief Medical Officer for Kroger Health. “And we’re proud of our associates who are serving on the frontlines to keep our customers and each other safe.”

Dr. Watkins stresses the importance of physical distancing and how we all play a part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

By taking some simple steps, you can help to protect yourself and others on your next shopping trip. Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other national and regional authorities, we recommend that you follow these tips for a safe grocery shopping experience:

  • Wash your hands often. The CDC recommends washing your hands using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, blowing your nose or having been in a public place. If you don’t have soap and water, use a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you don’t feel well, stay home. If you can, order groceries for pickup, delivery or ship to minimize your exposure. You can also have a friend or family member shop for you.
  • If you do your own shopping, go at a time that’s less busy, like early in the morning or late in the day.
  • Practice physical distancing. Leave at least 6’ between yourself and other shoppers – a little more than the length of one shopping cart.
  • Use sanitizing wipes provided at the store entrance to clean and disinfect your cart or shopping basket.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
  • Reduce contact at checkout by using Kroger Pay or a credit or debit card instead of cash.
  • When you return home, wash your hands after handling packages and putting all your groceries away.

The FDA says there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted on food or its packaging, but it’s always important to properly store and clean fresh produce to prevent other foodborne illnesses. Here are some tips for proper produce handling:

  • Store fresh fruits and vegetables in a clean refrigerator at 40°F or below (especially any precut or packaged produce items).
  • Wash your hands and utensils (knives, cutting boards, etc.) before and between uses, and always keep produce separate from raw meat and seafood.
  • When preparing fruits and vegetables, cut away any damaged or bruised spots, and discard and produce that looks moldy or rotten. Wash produce under running water and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel before preparing or consuming it.

By practicing these tips, you can do your part to flatten the curve and stay safe. And remember, we’re all in this together! For more information on the steps we’re taking to keep our customers and associates safe, click here.