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. For a more detailed description of the survey, see Background.
What's next for FoodAPS? USDA has awarded a contract to develop and implement a second round of FoodAPS (FoodAPS-2). See Background: What's next? for details.
ERS has expanded access to FoodAPS data by removing identifying variables and publishing public-use data files (see below). Users can now download the public-use data in three file formats: SAS, STATA, and CSV. If the public-use files are not sufficient for the researchers' needs, see the Data Access page for instructions about how to gain access to restricted-use data.