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FSFDBNK
How often received emergency food from church/food pantry/food bank during past year

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Description

FSFDBNK indicates how often, if at all, in the past year the household received emergency food from a food bank, food pantry, church, or other place.

Only households with incomes below 185% of poverty and higher income households that indicate food access problems in response to preliminary screening questions are asked FSFDBNK and other questions in section on coping strategies to ameliorate or avoid food deprivation. Since 2001, the screening procedures for FSFDBNK match those currently applied to the food security section.

This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.

Comparability

This variable is comparable in most years. In 1995 and 1996, households were only asked whether they received emergency food. They have been coded as receiving food "at least once".

The universe changes over time. In 1998 and from 2001 through the present, households with incomes below 185% of poverty are automatically included in the universe. In addition, higher income households that report running short of food (FSSHORT) or not having enough to eat or enough of the kinds of foods they want to eat (FSFOODS) are consistently included. Prior to 2001, the screening procedures used to determine which households were included the question universe varied. Researchers need account for this when including other years.

Universe

  • Apr 1995: Households that met the 1995 income or food insufficiency criteria.
  • Sep 1996: Households that met the 1996 income or food insufficiency criteria.
  • Apr 1997: Households that met the 1997 income or food insufficiency criteria.
  • 1998, 2001-2019: Households that are screened into the food security assessment and coping strategy sections under current screening procedures.
  • Apr 1999: Households that met the 1999 food insufficiency criteria.
  • Sep 2000: Households that met the 2000 food insufficiency criteria.
  • Apr 2001: Households that are screened into the food security assessment and coping strategy sections under current screening procedures and are in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.

Availability

Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1995 - - - X - - - - - - - -
1996 - - - - - - - - X - - -
1997 - - - X - - - - - - - -
1998 - - - - - - - X - - - -
1999 - - - X - - - - - - - -
2000 - - - - - - - - X - - -
2001 - - - X - - - - - - - X
2002 – 2019 - - - - - - - - - - - X

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