Survey Examines Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

McGill researcher launches online survey to study the food shopping experiences of Quebecers during COVID-19.

A McGill human health expert is looking for Quebecers to take her online survey to collect data about people’s food shopping experiences during the period of strict COVID-19 physical distancing measures.

The project aims to recruit a large and diverse sample of households from across the province, including families, individuals who live alone, or students who lived in a residence or shared dwelling during the period of closures. See links to the survey below.

“Little information is currently available for us to understand how Quebecers organized themselves around getting food during the strict closures,” says Daiva Nielsen, an assistant professor in McGill’s School of Human Nutrition.

She is leading a study to compare household food procurement experiences across different regions in Quebec, including those more affected by COVID-19. The research team will also investigate how economic factors might play a role in shaping challenges that various Quebec households might have faced.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to be a societal issue for some time to come, collected data will be valuable to inform food access strategies to help prepare us in the event of future outbreaks,” says Professor Nielsen.

The survey, which will be live until May 31, covers topics such as economic factors, planning for food shopping, and nutrition implications. Respondents should be the household member who was most responsible for grocery shopping during the period of strict closures. The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete and targets the period of March 13, 2020 to May 4, 2020.

The study is funded by a McGill SSHRC Institutional Grant and the MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding (ECRF) Program. For more information about the study, please visit or contact the study team at covidfoodstudy [at]

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