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The food choices of low-income households : final report, January 12, 1988


Author:
Kisker, Ellen Eliason,, Devaney, Barbara L., Mathematica Policy Research, Inc, and United States Food and Nutrition Service.
Year:
1988
Subject:
food purchasing, low income households, diet, and nutritional status
Abstract:
Abstract: The objective of this report is to examine the food choices of low-income households in order to understand the factors accounting for differences among low-income households in the nutritional adequacy of their food choices. The data used are from the 1979-80 Survey of Food Consumption in Low-Income Households, a survey of household food use that was conducted from November 1979 through March 1980 using a national sample of 2900 low-income households. The analysis has four components: (1) an examination of the quantities of food used, the money value of food used, the prices paid, the share of the food budget devoted to different food groups, and nutrient densities; (2) a comparison of the food choices of FSP participants and low-income nonparticipants; (3) an analysis of the extent to which the diets of low-income households resemble the 1983 Thrifty Food Plan (TFP); and (4) an analysis of the perceived adequacy of household food supplies.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mathematica Policy Research
Collection:
USDA publications