Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database

USDA's domestic food and nutrition assistance programs affect the daily lives of millions of people, with about one in four Americans participating in at least one program at some point during a given year. These programs represent a significant investment, accounting for over two-thirds of USDA's annual budget.

ERS is the primary source for economic studies and evaluations of domestic food and nutrition assistance programs to meet the needs of USDA, Congress, program managers, program participants, the research community, and the public at large. To address this diverse group, ERS has developed an integrated program of intramural and extramural research. A key component of this program is research dissemination.

ERS maintains 2 web-based interactive databases to ensure that its broad spectrum of research is available to the public in an accessible format for both technical and nontechnical audiences.

  • Research Reports & Articles Database—Over 1,100 peer-reviewed reports and articles are available on food and nutrition assistance-related research conducted by ERS researchers or funded through ERS. Search the database by:
  • Title, lead author, topic, year of publication, data set analyzed, and
  • Exact word(s) or phrases contained in the publication's citation
  • RIDGE Project Summaries—All completed projects that were awarded grants through ERS's Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Program are available. Search the database by title, keyword, research center, initial year of project, and investigator.
    • Note: Some RIDGE projects have been reclassified by year to reflect the project start date instead of ending date.