Spending increased across nearly all food-at-home (FAH) categories in first year of pandemic, but returned to closer to prepandemic levels by end of 2022

Horizontal bar chart showing percent changes in spending by food-at-home categories from same period in 2019 for March 15, 2020–March 7, 2021, March 14, 2021–March 13, 2022, and March 30, 2022–January 1, 2023.

While total annual U.S. food spending levels had recovered from pandemic-related shocks as of 2021, some pandemic-induced changes in what people were buying for food at home and where and how they were purchasing food away from home continued throughout 2022.

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