Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-176) 37 pp

August 2017

The Food-Spending Patterns of Households Participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Findings From USDA's FoodAPS

This study uses data from USDA's FoodAPS survey to compare food expenditures of SNAP households with those of eligible nonparticipant households and households overall. It examines variations in food spending by SNAP households' characteristics, the contribution of SNAP benefits to household food expenditures, and changes in food-spending patterns over the month after receipt of benefits.

See related Amber Waves article USDA's FoodAPS: Providing Insights Into U.S. Food Demand and Food Assistance Programs.

Keywords: FoodAPS, National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey, food expenditures, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, food insecurity, SNAP benefit cycle

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Last updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more information, contact: Laura Tiehen, Constance Newman, and John A. Kirlin