20 Plant-Based Grocery Staples During Coronavirus

Information overload. It’s real. That’s why we created this shopping list to help you hunker down and stay nourished.
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March 13, 2020 2 Comments 2 min read

These are uncertain, unsettling times. News headlines of school and business closures, travel restrictions and potential quarantines have many frantically stocking kitchens to safely care for our communities.

Here’s a grocery list of staples and shelf-stable plant-based foods to keep everyone fed and nourished during this challenging time. Pro tip: If you can’t make it to the store, we like online services like Thrive Market.


20 Plant-Based Grocery Staples During Coronavirus

  • Rice
  • Dry beans & lentils
  • Bread — you can freeze loaves you aren’t using
  • Canned and frozen veggies — especially cauliflower, for creamy sauces
  • Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce — great for curries, stews, pasta
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Canned soups
  • Canned beans
  • Polenta
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice noodles and soba noodles
  • Potatoes
  • Squashes, root vegetables and onions
  • Veggie stock or bouillon — check the ingredients of the beef and chicken flavors, they don’t always have animal products
  • Crackers
  • Olives, artichoke hearts
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Jelly or jam
  • Popcorn kernels — for a snack
  • Shelf-stable plant milks or plant milk powder
  • Shelf-stable juice or juice powder
  • Tea bags
  • Lemon juice
  • Oats or grits
  • Cooking oils and butters
  • Spices, sauces (soy sauce, tamari, Braggs liquid aminos), and nutritional yeast

How Can I Help?

One of the best antidotes to fear is connection and love. So if you have the resources, expand your circle of compassion and consider helping an older person, or a neighbor who’s immunocompromised, by delivering them a care package with these healthy, long-lasting products.

What's Next?

Need some recipe inspiration? Check out these freezer-friendly stews.

About the Author

Jessica Jewell Lanier is OMD’s Communications and Social Media Manager. When not eating plants, you can find her reading spooky dystopian novels, exploring SoCal’s local trails or cuddling her dog, Penny the Rescue Puppy.


  • Thank you for your help, I am on my third day of OMD, but will have to cancel my dairy consumption, mainly cheese in small portions. Today was feeling a bit tired and cold, after having a warm bad I am now feeling good.

  • Thia West

    A great science project for any school age children during these times would be sprouting. Teaching them about food, the value of live food, and how to enjoy along with learning the health benefits would be a great way to spend time together as a family.

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