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Grocery stores busy as people search for ice, non-perishable foods

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:30 PM CDT
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MARION, Iowa (KCRG) - People packed grocery stores Wednesday around Linn County, looking for things like ice to keep what food they do have cold or for food that will last what could be days, without refrigeration.

“It’s all gone. So the stuff that we were able to save, we’ve just been buying ice as much as possible and stocking it in coolers and lots of canned goods,” Sadie Rohr, of Cedar Rapids, said, outside of the Marion Hy-Vee.

Rohr was one of the lucky shoppers to be able to find multiple bags of ice on Wednesday. She said just before she arrived, the store received two pallets of ice, but it was going quickly.

Gloria Schmidt, of Cedar Rapids, also went to Marion to shop, because she said her neighborhood grocery store is still without power.

“There was about two jars of peanut butter left, I grabbed one. I think most people are shopping for things that they don’t have to refrigerate,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt said things like bread were starting to run low on store shelves, but she’s keeping food in her refrigerator and freezer as long as possible.

“Nobody has anything, so we are kind of clearing the fridges out as we have to.” Schmidt.

While she waits for power to be restored, Schmidt said, like Rohr, she’s trying to offer help to neighbors anyway she can.

“There are some things that I’m going to have to get the grill out and cook and maybe have the neighbors come over and help me eat it. It’s just going to have to be a day by day thing,” Schmidt said.

Some Hy-Vee stores reported being out of things like propane and charcoal by Wednesday afternoon.

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