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  • Study looks at food-buying behavior during different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

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    In-person grocery shopping remained extremely common throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while restaurant dining was more vulnerable to surges in case rates, according to a new study examining how Americans acquired food at various points during the pandemic.

    Professor of information sciences Melissa Ocepek conducted the research with Brenna Ellison, a former University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of agriculture and consumer economics who is now at Purdue University, and Illinois doctoral student in agricultural and consumer economics Maria Kalaitzandonakes.

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Melissa Ocepek, email To contact Brenna Ellison, email

    The paper “U.S. household food acquisition behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271522.