Mayor, LAPD Urge Angelenos to Stop Hoarding Food and Supplies

Jacquie Cadorette
March 15, 2020 - 4:42 pm

Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, are urging community members to stop hoarding food and supplies. They've also said that the city's water supply is clean and safe to drink.

The LAPD said in a tweet, "During these times, we must work together and not against each other. Here are the facts." They go on to outline some of the misconceptions surrounding food and supplies in the area. 

"There is no food shortage & stores will restock, so please don't hoard," the tweet begins. "The water supply is clean & safe to drink, so there's no need to buy water in bulk." 

Finally, the LAPD said, "We are in this together." 

Panic-shopping seems to have grown as stores across the nation find themselves with shortages of toilet paper, handsoap, and hand sanitizer. Mayor Garcetti also took to Twitter to echo the LAPD's concerns.

"This is about preparation and prevention, not panic," he wrote. "No need to hoard excess items. There is no food shortage and stores will restock. No need to purchas bottled water." 

Meanwhile, grocery stores have been working to ramp up their efforts of keeping things in stock for customers. Others, however, have cut back their hours to lend more time for sanitation and restocking between opening hours.