Main content area

Food stamp participants' access to food retailers : final report

Ohls, James C., United States Food and Nutrition Service. Office of Analysis, Nutrition, and Evaluation., and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc
Food stamps -- United States, Grocery shopping -- United States, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, grocery stores, food purchasing, and United States
One objective of the National Food Stamp Program Survey, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. between June 1996 and January 1997, was to gain a perspective on the food shopping opportunities of Food Stamp Program participants and other low-income households by obtaining and analyzing survey information from program participants and eligible nonparticipants. In this report, several important questions concerning food store access of low-income households are addressed, including: (1) At what kinds of stores do low-income households shop? (2) What distances do low-income households travel to reach those stores? (3) What transportation methods do they use to reach their food stores? (4) Do low-income households engage in careful shopping behaviors that can allow them to get the most out of the money and food stamp benefits they spend on food? and (5) In general, how satisfied are low-income Americans with their shopping opportunities?
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation
USDA publications