Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced the selection of Princeton-based Mathematica Policy Research to conduct a major survey on food choices and expenditures by U.S. households - the National Household Food Purchase and Acquisition Study.
"Helping American families improve their overall health is one of my top priorities," said Vilsack. "This ambitious five-year effort will fill in critical gaps in existing data on the food purchases of U.S. households and be invaluable in assessing and enhancing the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) food assistance programs for low-income families."
The survey will gather unique, detailed data not previously available to researchers. USDA's Economic Research Service, which made the selection, will use the resulting data to study how food assistance programs and other economic and demographic factors affect household food purchase decisions and health outcomes.