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Individual and Household Data

National Data Sets Useful in Food and Nutrition Assistance Research

We encourage researchers to search for current data sets on the ERS website. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) encourages research that makes appropriate use of existing, nationally representative data. Major sources of food-related data are summarized in a table by type of data:

  • Store sales
  • Consumer purchases
  • Consumption
  • Availability
  • Other food-related