If news footage of empty store shelves is making you nervous — and maybe even causing you to hoard a few things — you’re not alone. While the spread of COVID-19 has many hunkering down at home either by choice or requirement, everyone still has to eat during this new normal.
We used Alpha to survey 400 18–75-year-olds in the U.S. to see what, if anything, has changed in the past week in their day-to-day food consumption and grocery shopping habits.
Some key findings:
- 61% of users made a trip to stock up on groceries, and 50% made routine small trips to purchase groceries.
- Respondents have been ordering food delivery more frequently, with 54% of those who said they were “extremely impacted” by COVID-19 and 47% of those who said they were “extremely concerned” about COVID-19 ordering food delivery more frequently.
- Compare that to 54% of people who said they were “extremely impacted” by COVID-19 have been cooking at home more frequently.
- 56% responded there had been no change in their diet in the past week, though users who said they were “extremely affected” or “extremely concerned” about COVID-19 more frequently reported a change in diet — eating more healthy or less healthy.
- Half of all respondents said they have spent more on food during the past week. 66% of those with children reported spending more, and those who work full or part time also reported spending more money on food, while retired or unemployed people reported no change in their spending.
- Most users “stocked up” on groceries and supplies, though those who reported no effect on their daily routine by COVID-19 more frequently responded that they did not stock up on groceries.