Connect & Explore: First Findings from USDA’s FoodAPS

NCCOR webinar reveals insights from Department of Ag’s FoodAPS data, as well as new research opportunities made possible by the first-of-its-kind survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) is the first-ever nationally representative and comprehensive survey of American households’ food purchases and acquisitions. This robust and first-of-its-kind dataset enables scientists to conduct research studies that support the design and implementation of policies and regulations affecting America’s food and nutrition assistance programs.

The survey includes nationally representative data from nearly 5,000 households, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households, low-income households not participating in SNAP, and higher-income households.

“FoodAPS is enriched by extant data, such as locations of food stores and restaurants, food prices, food-related school district and community policies, and other location-based population characteristics linked to FoodAPS households,” said Mark Denbaly, Deputy Director for Food Economics Data at USDA’s Economic Research Service. “This enables a variety of research to understand how varying local food environments influence food acquisition decisions,” added Denbaly.

On March 31, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will connect you to researchers who will answer your questions and share key findings from the just released report, Where Do Americans Usually Shop for Food and How Do They Get There? Findings from FoodAPS. Learn about FoodAPS data availability and how you can take advantage of the FoodAPS dataset.

Join us at 1 pm, Eastern on March 31, for the one-hour event. Our speakers are:

  • Jessica Todd, Senior Economist, Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service-USDA
  • Mark Denbaly, Deputy Director for Data, Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service-USDA

You must register to receive webinar access. The event is free but attendance is limited, so tell a friend and register today!

Register for Connect & Explore: First Findings from USDA’s FoodAPS

Please consider sharing this information on your social networks using the hashtag #ConnectExplore. We will also be live tweeting the event so be sure to follow the conversation at @NCCOR. For those who cannot attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived on


The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.

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