News Release: ERS Announces $1.4M in Research Grants to Improve Equitable Healthy Food Access in Partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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WASHINGTON, March 2, 2023 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced $1.4 million in new research aimed at improving equitable access to healthy food.
Collectively, this funding, provided by RWJF, gives 14 research institutions the opportunity to leverage restricted data from USDA’s Consumer Food Data System to expand research on food policy, food retail markets, consumer behaviors related to food purchases and diet and USDA’s nutrition assistance programs. The research will be completed by February 2025.
“By partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to connect a diverse set of researchers with access to USDA’s Consumer Food Data System, we will enable new, expanded research in this field to help enhance future policy on food and health,” said ERS Administrator Spiro Stefanou.
Grant recipients include:
ERS’ Consumer Food Data System (CFDS) is a collection of data from survey, administrative, and proprietary data sources used to inform national policy decisions on food consumption, diet quality, food security, and nutrition assistance programs.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is a philanthropic organization committed to improving health and health equity in the U.S. by partnering with others to identify, understand, confront, and remove structural barriers to public health and well-being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
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