Spending at other food-at-home establishments increased the most despite sharp decline at pandemic’s onset

Line chart showing percent change, compared with 2019, in spending at grocery stores, warehouse clubs and supercenters, and other food at home from 2020 to 2022.

Adjusted for inflation, U.S. annual food spending increased 70 percent from 1997 to 2022 to the highest level recorded. The 25-year climb was steady other than slight decreases during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009 and a 6.4 percent drop in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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