Grocery Shopping – 06

In Spring 2021, Richmond Food Stories collaborated with students from McKay Elementary’s Grade 6/7 classes to create an art work series for “Eating in the Time of COVID-19.” By engaging students to reflect on pandemic experiences through art, each young artist produced a unique illustration in response to the following prompts: How have you celebrated special occasions during COVID-19? What was it like to go grocery shopping when the pandemic first started? How has home cooking and eating changed for your family since the pandemic?

“I made this poster because the first items that appeared in my mind when I thought about grocery shopping were toilet papers, mask and hand sanitizers. Therefore, I wanted to make a poster to express my feelings and show my experience when I went to grocery shopping during the pandemic. I decided to make a poster to show my experience because it would be easier for me to draw my scenarios on a poster rather than a comic. I drew different scenarios on my poster so that it would be easier for people to understand my experience.
This connects my experience with food during the pandemic because the scenarios that I drew on the poster actually happened to me, my family and the world. Each week, my mother had to go grocery shopping and buy a lot of food because she didn’t want to go outside very often due to the pandemic. My mother always bought enough food for me and my family to eat for two weeks, so she didn’t have to waste a lot of masks.”
— McKay Elementary, Grade 6 student

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