Food prices are still rising. Here’s how Americans are coping.

Scott Carothers’s refrigerator and freezer in Louisville, Ky. ‘The freezer side has a lot of stuff in it. The fridge side has a lot of nothing in it. Well, condiments,’ he said. (Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post ) Inflation is strangling kitchen-table budgets across the United States. Food costs have climbed every month this year. Groceries are 12.2% higher now than they were last summer – the biggest year-over-year spike in 43 years, federal data shows. Fruits and vegetables cost 8% more, staples such as bread and cereal have jumped 14%, and butter and margarine are up a whopping 26%.