To make this activity last longer, you may want to laminate the pictures of food. I cut out all of the pictures of food and have them mixed up in a pencil box. Students are given envelopes labeled with the category and a picture of what it might look like in a grocery store. Their job is to sort the pictures of food into the correct envelope. It may be easier for students with fine motor skills issues to use brown paper bags instead of envelopes.
I use this activity as an independent station during vocational skills time. Students really enjoy this activity! To make it easier, I will presort the food items and remove some of the categories completely. For example, I often remove vegetables, canned fruit, pork, and bakery items.
This activity helps build a good foundation for students who have expressed interest in working at a grocery store. Practicing sorting food into the correct categories can help them someday if they end up stocking shelves.