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Comparing National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) Data With Other National Food Surveys’ Data

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  • Clay, Marie
  • Ver Ploeg, Michele
  • Coleman-Jensen, Alisha
  • Elitzak, Howard
  • Gregory, Christian
  • Levin, David
  • Newman, Constance
  • Rabbitt, Mathew

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) is the first nationally representative household survey to collect data on foods purchased or acquired during a survey week, producing results that are both nationally representative and representative of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants as well as of low-income non-SNAP households. In order to assess the quality of FoodAPS data, this report compares estimates from FoodAPS to estimates from other national-level food-related surveys, examining: (1) general demographic and socio-economic characteristics; (2) food expenditures; (3) food security; (4) SNAP participation and income; and (5) diet behavior and health. FoodAPS estimates of total, food-at-home (FAH) spending are greater than estimates from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) but less than those from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Compared to other national-level surveys, FoodAPS estimates a greater share of households with low or very low food security.

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  • Clay, Marie & Ver Ploeg, Michele & Coleman-Jensen, Alisha & Elitzak, Howard & Gregory, Christian & Levin, David & Newman, Constance & Rabbitt, Mathew, 2016. "Comparing National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) Data With Other National Food Surveys’ Data," Economic Information Bulletin 242451, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:242451
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    1. Kelsey Farson Gray, 2014. "Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2013 (Summary)," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 4af7603a166c47a99e3834581, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. Kelsey Farson Gray, 2014. "Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2013," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 76ece7a812824260ae395b64d, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    4. Coleman-Jensen, Alisha & Gregory, Christian & Singh, Anita, 2014. "Household Food Security in the United States in 2013," Economic Research Report 183589, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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