USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

The FNS research webpage includes resources on the SNAP (food stamp) program, WIC, food insecurity, nutrition education, child nutrition and food distribution studies. The FNS regulations webpage includes legislation resources for school meals programs, SNAP, summer meal service, WIC, and the Child, Adult and Elderly Care Food Program.

The Food Assistance Program webpage provides resources to Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, Hunger and Food Insecurity, elderly nutrition programs, and head start.

Healthy Foods Here

The goal of the Healthy Foods Project project, which is a collaboration between King County Public Health Department and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is to make healthy food available in the county by supporting local businesses and providing resources on healthy foods. Some of the resources on the website include merchandising tips to help retailers sell healthy foods, a produce manual that provides basic care information on over 50 types of produce. Their resource guides for produce store owners are currently available in English, Spanish, Somali and Korean.

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and their Consequences: Report to Congress 2009

This USDA Economic Research Service report presents findings from a one year study used to determine the problems of limited food access, considers the effects of limited access on local populations, and outlines recommendations for how to address the problem.

The Contextual Effect of the Local Food Environment on Residents’ Diets: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Survey

The 2001 Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is one of the very first studies to look at the effect that the environment has on food choices. Over 10,000 participants were given questionnaires about their dietary intake in order to study the association between the local food environment and the location of grocery stores and the intake of fruits and vegetables.

Household Food Security in the United States

This 2009 USDA Economic Research Service report looks at several national conditions and trends of food insecurity in low-income households, household spending on food, the use of federal and community food assistance programs, and how food pantries are used as emergency kitchens.