According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for food away from home were 8.17% higher in 2020 versus 2017 (a $1.63 difference in value).
Between 2017 and 2020: Food away from home experienced an average inflation rate of 2.65% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, food away from home costing $20 in the year 2017 would cost $21.63 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.76% during this same period, inflation for food away from home was higher.
In the year 2017: Pricing changed by 2.33%, which is below the average yearly change for food away from home during the 2017-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), inflation for food away from home was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Food away from home:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Food away from home, over time, for $20 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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