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Apr 20, 2012 05:15 PM

Theoretical Question About A Bus Trip

This question is theorerical, but it's based on real events. About ten years ago I worked at the Greyhound Call Center in Omaha Nebraska, (it closed in 2003.) One night among the phone calls
a girl called from New York, (I think) saing she was Orthodox Jewish and planing to take a cross country bus trip. I'm not sure why she said that but it was the overnight shift I we got a lot of strange calls, (at the end the job was like trench warfare but I digress.)
I'm not sure if she mentioned how she was going to keep kosher on the trip. I allways wondered
if she made the trip how did she manage to do that, or how anyone who keeps kosher manages to do that. The places buses stop don't exactly cater to that population. Maybe she brought lots of snacks, (A New York to LA trip is 64 hours so it seems to be a challenge.)

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  1. well i've found matzah grape juice and gefilte fish in supermarkets at some of the oddest places (it seems supermarkets think kosher keeping jews only eat on passover ;)

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    1. re: chai18

      A significant amount of snacks in vending machines anywhere in the US is kosher.

    2. In 2003, it might have been more of a challenge, but now there shelf stable meals and tuna in packets. There has always been peanut butter. Depending where a bus stops and if someone is chalav yisrael or not, milk would be kosher and a person might be able to find yogurt. A lot of national brands of products are kosher so a person could manage.

      1. Just bring 3 days' worth of food with.

        1. Based on years old and fairly recent experience on buses, I'd say the problem is much more serious than you might imagine. Buses stop at predetermined locations for a very short period of time. There is almost never an opportunity to shop at anything resembling a full service market. And the food available at the rest stop locations is almost invariably junk food. Heavy on fried food and sugary carbs. McDonald's is often "high end" for these places. The only reasonable solution is to be prepared to bring your own food and drink. There is no way you can rely on being able to find yogurt or fresh fruit at all the food stop locations.

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