Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, Dumas Mayor Bob Brinkmann, and Emergency Management officials met Tuesday afternoon with store managers from Lowes Supermarkets, United Supermarkets, and Walmart to discuss food supply levels.

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According to a statement released by the Moore County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM), all three managers assured them there is not a shortage of food.

The empty shelf problem can be seen nationwide as stores all over the U.S. have been hit hard with panic buying for several weeks now. Many stores have put quantity limits on certain items in an effort to keep shelves stocked. However, shoppers are coming up with creative ways around these limits or resorting to outright theft.

In mid-March, President Trump suspended an 82-year-old road safety law for some truck drivers. This allows truck drivers who are carrying food and other essential items to operate longer hours to re-stock stores, hospitals, and other critical facilities. But, even with these measures in place, the distribution system still appears to be stressed because of continued panic buying across the country.

This afternoon The Moore County Judge, Dumas Mayor and Emergency Management met wit the Store Mangers from Lowes, United and Walmart. They all assured us that there is not a food shortage in the country that the problem is getting the food brought into the stores. There was such a rush on the stores in the USA that trucking companies are having to limit what is brought to each store to be able to re-stock all the stores.So if the citizens of Moore County Continue to follow the store polices set in place and only buy what you absolutely need the stores will get back stocked up and things in that area can go back to normal.

Statement from Moore County Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday March 31, 2020

Store shelves are being emptied so quickly that trucks are having to limit what is delivered to each store in order to re-supply all of the stores. The purchasing policies in place at local stores during this disaster limit the number of items that can be bought by each shopper. Officials say as long as shoppers abide by these policies the shelves can be re-stocked on a regular basis.

The problem appears to be that panic buying is still in full swing and will continue to cause shortages at the local grocery store until the panic subsides. Emergency Management officials are urging shoppers to keep calm and not to buy based on panic or fear.

Shortages at the grocery store, as well as unemployment, have caused some people to lack needed items. Volunteers, as well as schools in Moore County have stepped up to help provide some of these critical needs.

Both Dumas and Sunray schools are feeding student age children breakfast and lunch. Meal grab-and-go spots have been established by the schools across Moore County. Bus drivers and school staff set up at these locations and provide the meals to students.

There are also several private efforts in place to provide food, groceries, and other basic necessities. The Refuge at Dumas has a food pantry and has posted updates on their Facebook page about available items. The Kokken Food Truck has also been providing some meals to school children and posting updates on their Facebook Page.

If any of our readers know of other private groups or organizations providing food or necessities please share the information with us at news@moorecountyjournal.net and we will help notify those in need.

For more information on Dumas ISD school meals please visit their website:
https://www.dumasisd.org

For more information on Sunray ISD school meals please visit their website: https://www.sunrayisd.org

Information released on the Dumas ISD website about meals provided to students. – Source: https://www.dumasisd.org/