Top 20 Food Essentials

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With the fear of a possible food shortage creeping through Canada in Fall of 2020, many have resorted to creating or adding onto their emergency foods supply kit, now.  This fear stems from the fact that the global shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the food supply chain.

 In April, there was a big cry from food industry leaders to keep the borders open for food trade. Their concern was that, amidst the pandemic, countries would experience a shortage of farm labour as farmers, amongst many others had to quarantine. 

Additionally, East African countries such as Kenya, were hit with locust  that led to the worst famine in decades (The Guardian, 2020). Moreover, China who is one of the largest suppliers of corn, wheat,  and soybeans could face a food crisis due to rising domestic prices, large import purchases and spoiled inventories (Gilbertie, 2020). If there is anything that COVID-19 has taught us it is that, whatever happens in China does not stay there and can spread throughout the whole world. 

However, there is no need to panic because we are here to provide you with a compiled list of the TOP 20 Essential food you should always have in your kitchen. 

Note: We have created this list with recommendations by the Canadian Food Guide. This list is also divided into Meat/alternatives, dairy, grains and Fruits/Vegetables. 


  1. Poultry (Chicken) 

  2. Fish (Salmon, Tilapia, sardines, etc) 

  3. Halal meat

  4. Nuts and seeds (peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds) 

  5. Lentils, beans (Canned or Dried) 


  1. Eggs 

  2. Plain yogurt 

  3. Low fat milk 

  4. Cheese 

  5. Low fat butter 

Vegetables and Fruits: 

  1. Bananas

  2. Apples 

  3. Peaches

  4. Cabbage 

  5. Spinach 


  1. Bread 

  2. Pasta 

  3. Cereals 

  4. Oats 

  5. Semolina 

This list is not definite, and could act as a starting point for your next grocery visit. Please feel free to adjust this list according to your family needs. Also, if you have any questions or concerns do let us know. We would be more than happy to help you.


Coronavirus could double number of people going hungry. (2020, April 09). Retrieved August 20, 2020, from

Gilbertie, S. (2020, July 28). China Food Crisis? Rising Domestic Prices And Large Import Purchases Send A Signal. Retrieved August 20, 2020, from



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