Grocery Shopping – 08

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 comic because I wanted to show the difference between what it was like before the pandemic started and what it was like during the pandemic. I connected my experience to grocery shopping because I realized how difficult it is for people to wait in line just for buying food. Items constantly run out of stock, especially toilet paper. When I went grocery shopping with my mom during the pandemic, I noticed that there were many hand sanitizing stations and social distancing. We also had to wear masks whenever we go to a public place to keep ourselves and everyone else safe. 
— McKay Elementary, Grade 7 student

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