The following are a selection of images, captions, and quotes from Flint residents who participated in the photo project on food access in Flint and the impact of COVID-19. Most of the photos show intersecting themes, for example one photo and caption might illustrate family, cooking and healthy eating. Photos on these pages are just shared in one category to help show the breadth of data we received.

These data illustrate the theme of grocery stores.

This theme appeared 319 times in the data.

We define the grocery stores theme as discussion of a store that mostly sells foodstuff and vital household items.

Flint Residents Shared

Bagged greens and salad mixes in the grocery store
“From what I’ve experienced, all clearance items are at least 25 cents more these days. Makes healthier meal choices a little more limited.”

Grocery store aisle floor sign that reads "one way aisle" with arrows illustrating direction
“Randomly placed in the stores, found it weird”

Refrigerated aisle in a grocery store
“This is the eggs, cheese, and produce section of the Kroger on Richfield and Center rd in Flint. The produce section has an ok variety and a very small organic section. They only carry a few things. They do have the basics and keep a good rotation. During the pandemic the potatoes and onions went fast. The other stuff not so much….I could really take a lot of photos of the differences in stores. Even the one in Grand Blanc, that one is AMAZING. They have a huge healthy section and also have bulk bins. The pull down ones that have oats, rice, almonds and all that stuff. These are all the photos of Richfield and Center rd.”

Screenshot of text conversation about groceries
“Going to the grocery store has of course been complicated by Covid. Before the pandemic, it was usually something we did as a family on the weekends. In the spring, we stopped taking the kids altogether. Going to the store solo meant longer trips, more childcare burden on the parent staying home, and the need for other kinds of coordination and communication, like adding to the grocery list via text, on the fly. When cases started to decline over the summer, we started taking the kids again, occasionally, in part because we were so desperate for things to do with them. Note that cases are climbing again, we’re back to going alone.”

Grocery cart full of food
“Back when my bank account was a little fuller, I would go down to Ann Abor's Trader Joe with my partner. Great vegan selection.”

To learn more about the Flint Leverage Points Project, watch our Flint Food System Video.

To learn more about this photo project, visit our Briefing Notes page.

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*Note: The statements provided here represent the voices of the Flint residents who participated in this research project. They are not necessarily reflective of the values or opinions of Michigan State University or its affiliates.