According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food at elementary and secondary schools are 31.26% higher in 2023 versus 2018 (a $6.25 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2023: Food at elementary and secondary schools experienced an average inflation rate of 5.59% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food at elementary and secondary schools costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $26.25 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.91% during this same period, inflation for food at elementary and secondary schools was higher.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by 2.96%, which is below the average yearly change for food at elementary and secondary schools during the 2018-2023 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), inflation for food at elementary and secondary schools was higher.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food at elementary and secondary schools, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Food at elementary and secondary schools: