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USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (2006 reports)

The Food Plans represent a nutritious diet at four different cost levels. The nutritional bases of the Food Plans are the 1997-2005 Dietary Reference Intakes, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 2005 MyPyramid food intake recommendations. In addition to cost, differences among plans are in specific foods and quantities of foods. Another basis of the Food Plans is that all meals and snacks are prepared at home. For specific foods and quantities of foods in the Food Plans, see Thrifty Food Plan, 2006 (2007) and The Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans, 2007 (2007). All four Food Plans are based on 2001-02 data and updated to current dollars by using the Consumer Price Index for specific food items.

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Estimating the Number of People in Poverty for the Program Access Index: The American Community Survey vs. the Current Population Survey

This paper presents a comparison of the two surveys as a source of data for the PAI calculation and illustrates the potential effects of moving to the ACS.

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Program Integrity: Eligibility

Final Study Design Plan - Under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (PL 107-300), federal agencies are required to report annually on the extent of the erroneous payments in programs which may be susceptible to significant erroneous payments and report the actions they are taking to reduce them. USDA must identify and reduce erroneous payments in various food and nutrition programs, including the NSLP and SBP.