From produce clerks to personal shoppers to warehouse stockers, millions of grocery workers across the U.S. are keeping food on the shelves throughout this pandemic for those of us hunkering at home. Their work is essential — needed and valued — and yet, many say they don’t feel safe.
Just this week, workers at Amazon and Instacart demanded better protections, including paid sick leave and ready access to personal protective supplies, such as hand sanitizer and wipes.
Visual journalist Sarah Mirk checked in with a sampling of grocery workers from across the nation to hear more about their experiences on the job in recent weeks and what they say needs to change.
Sarah Mirk is a visual journalist and the author of several books. She is a contributing editor of The Nib and a web producer for the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in California.
Panel 5, “2.9 million grocery workers … $11.54 an hour”: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. May 2019.
Panel 16, list of companies raising wages by $2/hour:
Panel 17, quote from Vivek Sankaran: