LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the city to know there is no food shortage as residents across Southern California and much of the world rush to their local supermarkets and grocery stores to stock up for the coronavirus shutdown.

Garcetti along with Kroger grocery executives sought to reassure residents during a news conference at a food distribution center in Paramount, where
the mayor reiterated that grocery stores will continue to be stocked as normal.

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Kroger announced its stores – including Ralphs and Food 4 Less – are currently hiring to help meet demand. Anyone interested can go to the Kroger website for details.

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“This health crisis is a moment for preparation, not panic,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “There’s no shortage of supplies at our grocery stores and no reason to over-buy. Angelenos should shop responsibly and safely, and do not need to stockpile food.”

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The mayor’s news conference follows a wild few days in supermarkets across the U.S. as items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and canned goods have been flying off shelves. Some stores have already placed limits on buying certain items due to the increased demand.