Saied Toossi

Research Economist


Saied Toossi is a research economist with the Food Assistance Branch of the Food Economics Division in the USDA’s Economic Research Service. His research focuses on USDA’s child nutrition programs and examines trends in program participation and expenditures, the determinants of program participation, and the impact of these programs on children’s well-being.


Saied holds a doctorate degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University.

Selected Publications

Toossi, S. (2024). The effect of universal free school meals on children’s food hardship. Food Policy, 124, 102606.

Toossi, S. (2023). Cost of school meals and households’ difficulty paying for expenses: Evidence from the Household Pulse Survey (EB–37). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Toossi, S. (2023). The distribution of and access to free meal sites serving school aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Texas. Journal of School Health, 93(5), 395–401.

Toossi, S. (2022). Think of the children? The effect of children on support for welfare. Public Opinion Quarterly, 86(1), 176–190.

Toossi, S. (2017). Incentivizing healthy eating in children: An investigation of the “ripple” and “temporal” effects of a reward-based intervention. Appetite, 117, 58–66.