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The Scope and Magnitude of Food Sharing Among U.S. Households: New Evidence from FoodAPS

Timothy Beatty, Xinzhe Huang Cheng and Charlotte Tuttle

No 205886, 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Abstract: Low-income households use informal food sharing as a means of coping with limited resources. This paper documents the importance of informal food sharing for low-income groups. Specifically we study the relationship between household food security status, SNAP participation and food sharing behaviors. Using the USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) data, we find that food-secure SNAP participants tend to receive more free meals than food-secure nonparticipants with incomes below poverty line, while food-insecure SNAP participants tend to receive more free meals than food-insecure nonparticipants with income above 185% poverty line.

Keywords: Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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