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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 toolsBack to top
Household screener 1Download as PDF9/5/2013
Household screener 2Download as PDF9/5/2013
Participation followup letterDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Household food booksBack to top
Adult food bookDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Primary respondent bookDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Youth food bookDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Call in scheduleDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Telephone interviewDownload as PDF9/5/2013
In-person interviewsBack to top
Initial visit scriptDownload as PDF1/15/2014
Initial interviewDownload as PDF5/28/2014
Income worksheetDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Final interviewDownload as PDF12/11/2013
Respondent feedback formBack to top
Respondent feedback formDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Meals and snacks formBack to top
Meals and snacks formDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Survey confidentiality formsBack to top
Confidentiality formDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Confidentiality agreementDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Participant consent formDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Privacy pledgeDownload as PDF9/5/2013
CodebooksBack to top
User's Guide to Data Structure and CodebooksDownload as PDF4/29/2014
Initial codebookDownload as PDF9/11/2013
Final codebookDownload as PDF9/11/2013
FAH CodebookDownload as PDF1/15/2014
FAFH CodebookDownload as PDF1/15/2014
Member-level codebookDownload as PDF2/5/2014
Geographic componentBack to top
Retail Environment Study codebookBack to top
Retail Environment Study codebookDownload as PDFDownload file7/22/2014
Variable List-GCBack to top
Variable List-GCDownload as PDFDownload file7/22/2014
Training manualsBack to top
Telephone interviewer manualDownload as PDF4/14/2014
Field interviewer manualDownload as PDF4/14/2014
General informationBack to top
Informational brochureDownload as PDF9/5/2013
Informational postcardDownload as PDF9/5/2013

Last updated: Wednesday, October 08, 2014

For more information contact: John A. Kirlin and Mark Denbaly

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