Sumary of Pandemic Changed Grocery Shopping for Rich and Poor:
- THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 — Changes in Americans’ grocery shopping habits during the pandemic made pre-existing gaps in access to food even worse, researchers report.
- That’s the finding of a study that examined 2020 data on in-person traffic at nearly 400 grocery sellers in the Columbus, Ohio, area before lockdown (Jan.
- “Most low-income people still had to shop for groceries in person during the COVID lockdowns and may not have had the economic ability to stock up on food,” said lead study author Armita Kar, a doctoral student in geography at Ohio State University.
- The problems faced by poor people during pandemic lockdowns aren’t new, according to study co-author Huyen Le, an assistant professor of geography at Ohio State.
- “The rich and poor were mostly shopping at different food stores before COVID-19, and those differences became even more stark when the lockdown came,” said study co-author Harvey Miller, director of Ohio State’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.