Project Summary

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. household food security measurement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) supported a suite of competitive grants on food security measurement methods, data, and future research needs.

The 6 selected project titles and investigators, announced in spring 2021, are summarized below. Videos for the project’s final conference are on the Food Sec 25 project website. The resulting research manuscripts were published in a supplemental issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND). The initiative was managed by Tufts University (Dr. Parke Wilde) and the University of Missouri (Dr. Irma Arteaga).

Developing a Disaster Food Security Scale

Lauren Clay, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Stephanie Rogus, New Mexico State University

Structural Violence and Food Security: Building a Framework to Expand Research and Measurement

Chelsea Singleton, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Tulane University

Personal Food Security

David Ribar, Georgia State University

Rodrigo Aranda, Georgia State University

Measuring Food Insecurity in Latino Families: Expanding Understanding of their Experiences Through Exploratory Interviewing and Cognitive Testing

Amanda McClain, San Diego State University

Cassandra Maria Johnson, Texas State University

Katherine Dickin, Cornell University

Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale (ACAFSS)

Ana Poblacion, Boston University School of Medicine

Validity Evidence for the Use of the USDA Adult Food Security Survey Module with American Indian and Alaska Native Adults

Cassandra Nikolaus, Washington State University