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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 Summer 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    7/21/2014   
Variable List-GC   Back to top   
Variable List-GC   Download as PDF   Download file    7/21/2014   
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: Monday, July 21, 2014

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