Food costs nearly 12 percent more than same time last year

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cost to eat continues to climb.

That’s according to data released last Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The cost of food to eat at home rose on average 1.3 percent from April to May, and was up 11.9 percent from the same time last year.

Eggs, poultry and dairy products saw the biggest gains, rising in price 5 percent, 3 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.

No food items dropped in price; however, beef and fresh fruits both remained flat in pricing from April to May.

Eating out also cost more. Food away from home was 0.7 percent more in May than April, and 7.4 percent more than the same time last year.