Is inflation creating a “new normal” for rising food prices?

Food prices are rising dramatically. As a result, Tahteana DeRosa, Northeastern’s security officer for the past half year, has adjusted her grocery store selections.

“I had to get smaller portions, as I was buying in bulk,” DeRosa said Thursday after buying some items at Symphony Market on Huntington Street near the Boston campus. I have particularly noted the high prices of meat and vegetables.

Overall, June inflation rose to 9.1% over a year ago according to the Consumer Price Index – the fastest rise in more than 40 years. The cost of groceries has gone up 12.2% over the past year, an increase that can be especially painful for people on low incomes.

Rory Smead, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ronald L. “For middle-class people who are reasonably comfortable, I might be upset that the grocery bill is higher, but it doesn’t seem to change my behavior drastically. But for someone who works on the sidelines, all of a sudden you have to start making tough decisions about what foods to buy. “.

Tahteana DeRosa, Northeastern’s security officer, has adapted her buying habits amid the ongoing inflation of groceries. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

People of all incomes are increasingly concerned about the price hike still to come. The cost of groceries has overtaken the price of gasoline as the biggest inflation concern among Americans according to a survey published last month, with 90% of respondents feeling alarmed by rising food prices.

“I’ve been doing this for 35 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” says Brett Miller, owner of Wollaston Market on Huntington Street, who took over from his father a decade ago.

Wollaston’s has been able to keep the prices of its popular sandwiches stable, despite the rising costs of bread and cold cuts. But everything else in the store seems to be on the rise, based on the costs to suppliers.

“When the parents come in during mentoring, I think they notice a little more than the students do,” says Bob Beridna, who has directed Wollaston for 26 years. “I was talking to a gentleman yesterday, he was drawing on campus with someone [university] Contractors, and was making a comment about steak tips that cost $38. He said, ‘I wanted to tip the steak, but I couldn’t pay the $38. “

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