24 food shortage options

by Jan 8, 2022Preparation, Survival


What food shortage options do we have with limited fresh foods in the supermarkets due to covid.  The shortage of workers is affecting food production and distribution, we need to find alternative locations to source foods. 

There are numerous options but it will come down to demand, production and rising prices. 

 There will be those who have no morals and will sell food for extraordinary prices.  Don’t sacrifice your budget to boost theirs. 

Unless you are underweight or have some health problems you can survive on a restricted diet for a short timeframe. 

If you want to boost your nutrition if you are eating junk food or a limited diet you can take a vitamin.

 Start researching and looking for local foods now before everyone else does the same thing.  If you are healthy and test negative talk to a farmer you might be able to help them harvest and distribute food.

Whatever the size of your yard you can do something to become more self-sufficient.


 1. Farmer’s Market

Food that is grown and processed locally.  The availability depends on the restrictions of the lockdown and workers being able to work.

 2.  Farmers directly

Farms still have food growing, chickens laying and the like.  They may or may not have anyone to harvest the crop but they would be willing to make money so they may sell from the farm gate.  If you are healthy and tested negative you may even get some work harvesting the crop.

 3. Bulk food stores

The standard supermarkets may be running out of some foods.  Bulk food stores may have some foods as they usually supply foods to restaurants, cafes and anyone who wants bulk foods.  They too may have rationing.

  4. Seafood markets

Local fishing trawlers may still be operational and need to sell the fish and seafood while it’s fresh.  With the higher demand prices will rise.

 5. Survival, camping stores

The stores cater for hikers, disaster prep, campers and the like.  Foods will be dried, preserved, trail food and other foods that don’t need refrigeration.

As the food is designed to be compact it is usually nutrient and calorie dense.

6. Army disposal stores

Army ration packs new and getting close to expiry may not taste the best but if you are hungry you can’t complain.  They are designed to cater for an entire days food requirements in a signal package.





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7. Cultural supermarkets

The supermarkets we walk past every day and don’t enter because we can’t read the foreign writing and don’t know what the food actually is.  Stores that sell Asian, Indian, African, and other country foods.

 8. Health food stores

The shops that sell organic, health foods some look like small supermarkets.  Prices can be higher but with the food shortages prices will be rising across the whole food sector.

Various products are potentially available including flour, grains, seeds, vegetables, foods, meats, and other cold foods.

 9.  Road side stalls

Farms can have roadside stalls where they sell their excess produce.  They usually work on an honesty policy with a coin box. 

10.  Food boxes

Not a certainty as the companies who make up these boxes will have the same problems with the food shortage limiting the foods available. 

11.  Welfare groups

Emergency foods and soup kitchens.  They won’t have a lot of food and it may come down to getting what they can find if they have any. 

12.  Swap with family and friends

Look in your fridge, freezer and pantry.  Talk with your family and friends and see if you can swap what you have an excess of with what they have an excess of for a bit of diversity.

If you have an emergency kit you should have some non-perishable foods or a strategy to see you through a disaster.



13.  Go fishing

If you are in a situation where you can go fishing.  It’s an option to find food and get away from other people to keep your distance. 

14.  Go hunting

Rural areas can go hunting for feral pigs or you may know a professional hunter. 

15.  Go foraging

There are native foods available at different times of the year.  And there are also domestic foods that have spread out into the bushland such as berries, mangoes. 

16.  Look local

Supermarkets source food from other parts of the country and overseas all packaged through a central warehouse.  Check out the local stores and markets where local producers can sell their produce. 

17. Bulk out food

You have limited amounts of fresh meat and fresh vegetables.  Bulk out the meal with other foods like rice, pasta, beans, noodles and available vegetables.   

18.  Ration food

Reduce the amount you are eating in the short term.  There is a good percentage of us who need to lose some weight. 

Most humans can survive for about 3 weeks without any food so cutting back a little is not going to kill you in the short term. 

There are some medical conditions that need to discuss their options with their doctor before rationing foods.



19.  Vegetable garden

The politicians may be saying short term and about 6 weeks but what if something else happens?  Start planting some foods in your garden if you haven’t done it already.  Most vegetables take 6 to 12 weeks to mature.  If you are in the city you can still grow vegetables and herbs in containers.

20.  Chickens

Chickens supply eggs most of the year depending on breed.  Eggs are very nutritious.  Don’t be tempted to eat the chicken if it is still laying eggs, once you eat the chicken there are no more eggs.

Eggs can be used for savoury and sweet meals and snacks.

 21.  Meal replacements

You don’t need food to have nutrition, there is a range of protein shakes, diet shakes, invalid care shakes etc available from supermarkets, chemists, online and diet food suppliers.

22.  Tin and dried foods

Most foods are available in tins.  Meats, vegetables, fruits, soups and whole meals.  

Similarly with dried foods, you can find dehydrated vegetables, fruits, meals and meats.

23.  Get imaginative

Look at what is left in the shops and what you have in your pantry and say what can I make with this.  You may have to do a bit of research to learn about a new food product.

 24.  Be prepared, don’t panic

Get prepared but don’t panic.  Food shortage situations make some people panic, if the shops haven’t learnt from the toilet paper saga and a few people buy it all then the rest of us will have nothing.

 It’s getting a bit late now to be prepared by buying food from the supermarket.  You can prepare by working out what you are going to do if this shortage continues and where you can find food outside the supermarket.

 Start a vegetable garden, if you don’t have the ground grow some foods in containers or grow foods at family or friends’ property.  If you have excess produce you can sell it to locals who don’t have food or preserve it.


Food shortages can occur at any stage and can be cause by a range of disasters.  Currently the food shortage problem is Covid based but just keep the following in mind. 

Turn off the TV, take a break from the media and politicians ranting ‘we are going to die’.  Most of the problem is created by man and the scaremongering that has replaced facts and reality.

You need to take some control for your own lives.  No emergency plan has run around screaming in the recovery strategy. 

  • Be prepared for future food shortage situations
  • Don’t rely on food being available in the supermarkets
  • Don’t panic buy
  • Don’t sit on a heap of food while your family, friends and neighbours starve.  What goes around comes around.  You may need their help one day.
  • Don’t throw away leftovers it they are still edible.  Put them in the fridge and use them in a meal tomorrow.
  • Grow some of your own foods to boost your diet.
  • Help out local farmers if you are healthy enough to get the food from the paddock to the public.


Further reading

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