FoodAPS National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey

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.

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.

The public-use files include the household-level and individual-level interview files, the food-at-home (FAH) and food-away-from-home (FAFH) event files, the FAH and FAFH item files, data from the Meals and Snacks form, a summary of the individual daily reporting status, household access to FAFH outlets and SNAP-authorized FAH retailers, and estimates of household SNAP eligibility. All codebooks and a User's Guide, providing an overview of the survey and data sets as well as general notes about using the data, are also available (see Documentation below).


Data Set Last Updated Next Update
Public-Use Data Files and Codebooks
SAS data files 11/15/2016
Stata data files 11/15/2016
CSV data files 11/15/2016
Documentation 11/15/2016