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 sharing food.

This theme appeared 95 times in the data.

We define the sharing theme as descriptions of people giving food to others, and not expecting anything in return.

Flint Residents Shared

Young child mixing a bowl of cookie dough
“I think cooking became so important during the pandemic. I followed a Facebook page of folks exclaiming they had made their own bread or that they had never cooked at home beyond prepared foods and they now LOVE to cook! I tried to share my love of cooking with my grandkids.”

Baked quiche
“I made my first quiche during lockdown and it was delicious but way too rich for my guts. I gave most of it away to my neighbor.”

Chocolate cake with A peanut butter buttercream frosting with Reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate drizzle
“Chocolate cake with A peanut butter buttercream frosting with Reese’s peanut butter cups and chocolate drizzle. I made for my son’s girlfriend.”

Baked Cherry Almond Oatmeal Skillet
“Baked Cherry Almond Oatmeal Skillet (2/27/2021) – Trying different forms of making the same food has kept life interesting too. This is the first time I’ve made a baked cinnamon oatmeal dish. The tart frozen cherries on the bottom gave the oatmeal some pretty color and the almonds were scrumptious toasted on top. [Name] loved it too (sans almonds)!

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.