Examining Food Purchase Behavior and Food Values During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered conceptions of “normal” globally, including food purchasing and acquisition decisions. In this paper, we surveyed a panel of 1,370 U.S. households four times during the COVID-19 pandemic from mid-March to late April 2020. With this unique panel, we observe changes in food expenditures, shopping behaviors, and food values as the pandemic evolved. Our results reveal reductions in food-away-from-home expenditures and increases in online grocery shopping. Food values appear to be fairly stable in the early stages of the pandemic; however, decreases in the importance of price and nutrition reveal tradeoffs households make during the pandemic.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ellison, B; McFadden, B; Rickard, BJ; Wilson, NLW

Published Date

  • March 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 58 - 72

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2040-5804

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2040-5790

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/aepp.13118

Citation Source

  • Scopus