Complaints about the high cost of food echoed across the chambers of Capitol Hill today.
Lawmakers heard testimony from restaurant owners and food bank operators.
They say their businesses have taken a hit just like the average American consumer.
"Now it's a double whammy. People pay more to drive to the supermakerts. And then get hit with higher prices when they get there," said Sen. Charles Schumer.
"In 2007, the Consumer Price Index for food in the U.S. increased 4 percent. This was the largest annual increase in retail food prices since 1990," Joseph Glaubet, chairman of the Economist Department of Agriculture, explained.
Economists at the Department of Agriculture project food prices will spike four to five percent this year.
They say domestic and global growth, the weak dollar and global weather patterns all contribute to higher food prices.