Food-away-from-home expenditures outpace food-at-home spending for the second straight month in May 2021

Food-away-from-home expenditures outpace food-at-home spending for the second straight month in May 2021

Beginning in March 2020, efforts to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) included stay-at-home orders that led to significant changes in U.S. consumers’ food-spending patterns. During March–April 2020, spending on food away from home declined sharply, but increased during May through December 2020—in restaurants, school cafeterias, sports venues, and other eating-out establishments—as States began allowing restaurants to reopen and stimulus checks from the CARES Act were received. Overall food spending increased in March–May 2021.


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