Share your experiences: Food security during COVID-19

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During the pandemic, I am keeping more dried legumes and frozen vegetables in the house than ever before.

For many Canadians, COVID-19 has made food security a top-of-mind concern. 

During the pandemic, the Canadian food system has often been in the news, whether it be dairy farmers having to dump milk, potato farmers forced to let their crops pile up, or meat processing plants closing because of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Consumer habits have shifted, suggesting that Canadians feel concerned, or at least aware, about safely maintaining reliable access to food. Grocery sales (particularly for dried, canned, and frozen foods) increased at the start of lockdown. Many Canadians are going to the grocery store less often, but buying more when they go. Some are wiping down their groceries with disinfectant; more people are ordering their groceries online than before. And more people are growing their own food

Are you concerned about safe and reliable access to food? How have your food habits changed? Share your photos and stories through social media using the hashtag #CuratingUnderQuarantine. 

An open chicken coop sits empty

More people seem to be interested in keeping backyard chickens this year, meaning that the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum's Kerry-Leigh Burchill had difficulty finding chicks to fill her family's chicken tractor.

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Molly McCullough

Molly McCullough is the assistant curator at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.