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ERIC Number: ED141431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-15
Reference Count: N/A
Food Plans for Poverty Measurement. The Measure of Poverty, Technical Paper XII.
The federal government uses various guidelines for identifying the poor for eligibility in public assistance programs and for measuring the economic well being of the population. In 1974, the United States Department of Agriculture revised its existing low-cost, moderate-cost, and liberal food plans and in 1975 replaced the economy food plan with the thrifty plan. These plans incorporated the recommended dieterary allowances set in 1974 and food consumptions patterns from the 1965-66 Survey of Household Food Consumption, the most recent such survey. This technical report consists of five papers which cover in detail what the food plans are, how they were developed, and how they have been revised. They include: (1) a description of the United States Department of Agriculture Family Food Plans for 1974; (2) a description of the Thirfty Food Plan, which replaced the economy plan in 1975 as the least costly of the food plans; (3) a discussion of the effect of household size on the cost of diets that are nutritionally equivalent, including a description of the economy of scale factors which are used in estimating the cost of food at home for families of different sizes; (4) issues and answers about the Thrifty Food Plan; and (5) a description of food plans, comparable to the Thrifty Plan and the low-cost plan, developed using nutritional criteria that differed from those used for the United States Department of Agriculture plans. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Dietetics, Food, Government Role, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Nutrition, Poverty, Poverty Programs
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Room 443D-South Portal Building, Washington, D.C. 20201
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.