Families spent more money on meat during the pandemic, according to USDA

Families bought more meat during the pandemic - a result of not being able to go out to eat - but it came at a cost.

The meat was priced much higher than in 2019, and new USDA data shows just how that affected families’ welfare. In 2020, the average U.S. household spent 14.5 percent more money on meat to eat at home. Welfare loss in June 2020, meaning how much more money families would have needed to feel comfortable buying meat, was about $25 per household for the month.


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