USDA's National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) is the first nationally representative survey of American households to collect unique and comprehensive data about household food purchases and acquisitions. Detailed information was collected about foods purchased or otherwise acquired for consumption at home and away from home, including foods acquired through food and nutrition assistance programs. The survey includes nationally representative data from 4,826 households, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households, low-income households not participating in SNAP, and higher income households.

FoodAPS webinar highlights new report:

On March 31, 2015, ERS hosted a webinar: First Findings from USDA's FoodAPS that provided an overview of FoodAPS and the new report, Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Travel To Get There? Initial Findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey. Economist Jessica Todd provided an overview of FoodAPS, a summary of findings in the first report using the data, and the status of data available for researchers (see Connect & Explore: First Findings from USDA’s FoodAPS).

FoodAPS provides information about household size and composition, available resources (including food and nutrition assistance program benefits, if any), and acquired food items (and their prices). This information, combined with data about the food items and prices that are accessible to each household, provides a robust dataset for research studies that support the design and implementation of policies and regulations affecting America’s food and nutrition assistance programs. For a more detailed description of the survey, see Background.

ERS and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of USDA jointly sponsored FoodAPS. Mathematica Policy Research, a private research firm with experience conducting large-scale data collections, designed and implemented the survey. The Main Variable List contains the variables included in the data files posted to date. These include the household-level and individual-level interview files, the household weights, the food-at-home (FAH) and food-away-from-home (FAFH) event files, the FAH item files, data from the Meals and Snacks form, a summary of the individual daily reporting status, and each household’s access to FAFH outlets and SNAP-authorized FAH retailers (see below). A User's Guide, providing an overview of the survey and data sets as well as general notes about using the data, is also available in the NORC Data Enclave.

Please scroll down the page to find FoodAPS survey instruments, variable lists, forms, and other materials:

Data Set      
Downloads     Last Updated     Next Update    
Variable List and Codebooks   Back to top   
Main Variable List Download as Excel       5/11/2015   
User's Guide to Survey Design, Data Collection, and Datasets   Download as PDF    7/10/2015   
Household Level Codebook   Download as PDF    2/25/2015   
Individual Level Codebook   Download as PDF    2/25/2015   
Household screening tools   Back to top   
Household screener 1   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Household screener 2   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Participation followup letter   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Household food books   Back to top   
Adult food book   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Primary respondent book   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Youth food book   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Call in schedule   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Telephone interview   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
In-person interviews   Back to top   
Initial visit script   Download as PDF    1/15/2014   
Initial interview   Download as PDF    5/28/2014   
Income worksheet   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Final interview   Download as PDF    12/11/2013   
Respondent feedback form   Back to top   
Respondent feedback form   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Meals and snacks form   Back to top   
Meals and snacks form   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Survey confidentiality forms   Back to top   
Confidentiality form   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Confidentiality agreement   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Participant consent form   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Privacy pledge   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Geographic component   Back to top   
Retail Environment Study codebook   Back to top   
Retail Environment Study codebook   Download as PDF   Download file    7/22/2014   
Variable List-GC   Back to top   
Variable List-GC   Download as PDF   Download file    7/22/2014   
Training manuals   Back to top   
Telephone interviewer manual   Download as PDF    4/14/2014   
Field interviewer manual   Download as PDF    4/14/2014   
General information   Back to top   
Informational brochure   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Informational postcard   Download as PDF    9/5/2013   
Codebooks   Back to top   
Final codebook   Download as PDF    2/25/2015   
FAH Codebook   Download as PDF    2/25/2015   
FAFH Codebook   Download as PDF    2/25/2015   

Last updated: Friday, July 10, 2015

For more information contact: Elina Tselepidakis and John A. Kirlin

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