Supermarket Owner Makes Weekly 14 Hour Trips To Feed His Community

This global pandemic made everyone realize the importance of small things. People have realized the importance of work done by others and themselves. A supermarket owner has gone the extra mile to make sure that his community gets food by making a 14-hour trip every week.

Everyone is putting extra effort to make sure that they survive this global pandemic. Supermarket owner Toshua Parker is also giving his extra efforts to make sure he fulfills his duties and responsibilities as a supermarket owner. He is making sure that the community where he lives gets all the essential items to live comfortably.

He owns Icy Strait Wholesale in Gustavus, Alaska, and is making 14-hour boat trips every week to ensure his community is not deprived of anything important for surviving this pandemic. He is making trips to Juneau to stock up the essential food supplies coming from Costco.

Toshua uses a 96-foot long former military landing craft to make his weekly boat voyage with his staff which takes him around 14 hours to complete the trip. The city of 450 residents borders with Glacier Bay National Park and relies on food supplies and other essential items from Toshua’s supermarket. As it is the only supermarket in the city. They have nicknamed the supermarket as ToshCo.

No reason for panic buying. Our supply chain may be occasionally delayed but it’s holding. We’ve got you covered Gustavus!

Posted by Toshco – Icy Strait Wholesale on Friday, April 3, 2020

The state ferry usually makes sure that all the items coming from Costco are stocked up at the supermarket. But due to the current pandemic and storm damage of the dock, the state trip is not happening. The community cannot go on living without food. Thus, Toshua and his staff have decided to make sure that the essential items and food supplies reach their city.

He shared pictures and footage of their voyage to make sure nobody panics in the current situation and wrote: “It’s been a long winter of rough seas but today the crew of the Claim Jumper gets a well deserved weather break. Tons of groceries and freight coming your way Gustavus!” he shared another post and wrote: “No reason for panic buying. Our supply chain may be occasionally delayed but it’s holding. We’ve got you covered Gustavus!”

He shared with CNN: “It’s funny because for us, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Alaskans are fiercely independent and resourceful; you really have to be to survive here. So, when a problem arises, we don’t typically look to someone else for help, we just find a way to do it.”

Though due to storms they have been forced to head back to Juneau on their way back home and unload the groceries into coolers to keep them safe. Then again re-load them and make their journey back home. His final comment was “The town needed to be supplied with groceries so we just did whatever it took to make that happen. Just another day in our world. Next year it will be another obstacle to overcome and we’ll buck up and deal with it.” Till this pandemic blows away stay safe and healthy.