Food Store Choices of Poor Households: A Discrete Choice Analysis of the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS)


Rebecca Taylor, Sofia Villas-Boas


discrete choice model, farm bill, food access, food desert, food environment, food store access, FoodAPS, Healthy Food Financing Initiative, HFFI, SNAP, store choice, supplemental nutrition assistance program


American Journal of Agricultural Economics

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Policy Summary

Reserachers examined 1) the types of food-at-home (FAH) and food-away-from-home (FAFH) that households prefer, 2) how far households will travel for food purchases, and 3) how are the previous two topics different for SNAP and non-SNAP households. SNAP recipients are more willing to spend more time traveling to a superstore or supermarket than other household groups. This research has important policy recommendations that encourage the promotion of building certain types of food stores (superstores, supermarkets) over less preferred stores such as conenience and smaller grocery stores.

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