Why Do Hoosiers Buy All of the Bread, Milk and Eggs Before a Snowstorm?
Meteorologists are watching a couple of weather systems that could bring snow to Southern Indiana by this weekend. So, I guess that means the grocery shelves will be empty by Friday.
Emergency Food Supply
The CDC recommends having an emergency food supply with enough to feed your family for three days. Here is a sample of what types of food to have on hand:
- Have a long storage life
- Require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted
- Meet the needs of babies or other family members who are on special diets
- Meet pets’ needs
- Are not very salty or spicy, as these foods increase the need for drinking water, which may be in short supply
I do not see milk, eggs, or bread on that list. So, why do we feel the need to buy such random items before a snowstorm?
To truly understand this phenomenon, it's essential to explore the historical context. Indiana, with its diverse weather patterns, has witnessed its fair share of harsh winters. The tradition of stocking up on essential supplies before a storm may have roots in a time when accessibility to groceries during severe weather was more challenging. Over time, this practice became ingrained in Hoosiers as a way to weather the storm, both literally and metaphorically.
Comfort Equals Safety
I personally think that we gravitate toward items that we want to eat if we are snowed in. You need bread, milk, and eggs for French toast, so I've just always assumed everybody is having the best brunch ever.
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