Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 have changed the way we shop for food and interact with food environments. This qualitative study explored food shopping practices in the East of England, a large diverse region including coastal, urban and rural settings. In 2020/2021 we interviewed 38 people living in the region and 27 professionals and volunteers providing local support around dietary health. Participants reported disruption to supermarket shopping routines; moving to online shopping; and increased reliance on local stores. COVID-19 has impacted disproportionately upon lower-income households and neighbourhoods. The longer-term implications for dietary health inequalities must be investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102906
Number of pages22
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date6 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Food environment
  • Food shopping
  • Local stores
  • Supermarkets
  • UK
  • Food Supply
  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Rural Population
  • Humans
  • Commerce
  • Food


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