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Who has time to cook? : how family resources influence food preparation


Author:
Mancino, Lisa., Newman, Constance., and United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.
Source:
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 40 2007
Year:
2007
Subject:
Cooking -- United States, Food consumption -- United States, Time management -- United States, Social status, Food relief -- United States, cooking, food consumption, time management, food aid, and United States
Abstract:
Households participating in the Food Stamp Program are increasingly headed by a single parent or two working parents. As this trend continues, more low-income households may find it difficult to allocate the time needed to prepare meals that fit within a limited budget and meet dietary requirements. Using Tobit analysis of the 2003-04 American Time Use Survey (ATUS), this study finds that household time resources significantly affect how much time is allocated to preparing food. In fact, working full-time and being a single parent appear to have a larger impact on time allocated to food preparation than an individual's earnings or household income do. The results are relevant for the design of food assistance programs as well as for improving our understanding of how different family time resources affect consumption behavior.
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Collection:
USDA publications