Grocery Shopping – 07

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 because it shows my family and other families’ experiences shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. I remember going shopping with my parents and there would be really long lines and we had to wait for about 20 minutes to get in because of the occupancy limit. There was also that one period of time where a lot of people went crazy buying toilet paper and when we actually needed toilet paper and went to the store there was very little or none left because people were hoarding it. I also had to get used to wearing a mask for an entire day at school and it was hard at the beginning because it was hot inside and made it hard to breathe but eventually I got used to it. There were lots of sanitizers and wet wipes outside stores for people to sanitize their hands or wipe their shopping carts when they went in and came out.
— McKay Elementary, Grade 7 student

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

“Grocery Shopping”

— McKay Elementary, Grade 7 student

“Grocery Shopping”
— McKay Elementary, Grade 6 student
“Grocery Shopping”
— McKay Elementary, Grade 7 student
“Grocery Shopping”
— McKay Elementary, Grade 6 student

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