Magazine article Amber Waves

Food-Insecure Households Spend Less and Acquire Less Food per Week Than Food-Secure Households

Magazine article Amber Waves

Food-Insecure Households Spend Less and Acquire Less Food per Week Than Food-Secure Households

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Household food insecurity-a lack of access to enough food for all household members to have healthy, active lives-is strongly correlated with a variety of costly, chronic illnesses and conditions in both adults and children. A recent report by ERS researchers made use of the data collected in USDA's National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) to examine differences in food expenditures and calories acquired by two groups of low-income households-food-secure and food-insecure households.

Previous research exploring the relationship between food insecurity and food expenditures has been limited, in part, by data issues. In most national surveys, food security data frequently refer to experiences in the past 12 months, while expenditure data cover the last 30 days. Calorie intake or the amount of food acquired is usually measured 1 or 2 days within a week of the food security survey. When the time periods for food expenditures or food acquisitions do not line up with the food security time period, it is difficult to make meaningful comparisons between food-insecure and food-secure households.

Enter FoodAPS-a joint data collection project of ERS and USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. These data allow researchers to examine food purchases and foods acquired for free from school cafeterias, food pantries, work-provided meals, and other sources over a week that overlaps with the reference period for food insecurity in the survey-the previous 30 days. …

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