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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.

Please scroll down the page to find FoodAPS survey instruments, codebooks, forms, and other materials.

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. Information from the survey will be released on ERS's website in several phases—the first phase describes the survey's objectives, key research questions, data collection efforts, and data access, along with the actual survey instruments. The second phase of this data product will provide preliminary analyses of the data conducted by ERS researchers and more detailed documentation, including survey response rates, data quality, imputation procedures, and data linkages. Data are in the preliminary stage, and ERS plans for restricted data files to be released in Fall 2014.

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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
Codebooks Back to top
User's Guide to Data Structure and Codebooks Download as PDF 4/29/2014
Initial codebook Download as PDF 9/11/2013
Final codebook Download as PDF 9/11/2013
FAH Codebook Download as PDF 1/15/2014
FAFH Codebook Download as PDF 1/15/2014
Member-level codebook Download as PDF 2/5/2014
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

Last updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

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