American grocery shopping at record highs during pandemic

More than 60 percent of all food and drinks bought in the U.S. in March 2020 were purchased in stores—a statistic unseen since 1996, according to the U.S. Census. Widespread shelter-in-place orders account for the increase, but the data also shines a light on how Americans had shifted their spending to restaurants. According to Quartz, during the past half century (since around 1970), the amount of an average American’s food money spent dining out increased from 25 percent to over 50 percent. Then Covid-19 hit.