Consumer Price Index for all food rises

Index for meats, poultry and fish up 2.5% compared to same period last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data this week. The CPI for April 2020 decreased 0.7% from March 2020 and was 0.3% above the April 2019 level. The CPI for all food was up 1.5% between March and April 2020, and food prices were 3.5% higher than the April 2019 level.

The degree of food price inflation varies depending on whether the food was purchased for consumption away from home or at home, USDA said. The food-away-from-home (restaurant purchases) CPI increased 0.1% in April and was 2.8% higher than a year ago, while the food-at-home (grocery store or supermarket food items) CPI increased 2.7% from March to April 2020 and was 4.1% higher than last April.