Convenience and Nonconvenience Food Use in SinglePerson and MultiPerson Households Academic Article uri icon


  • Households surveyed in the 197778 USDA Nationwide Food Consumption Survey were classified as either singleperson or multiperson households, and the use of convenience and nonconvenience foods by each household size was studied. Trends in food use, based on share of the home food dollar spent on different types of foods, were similar for singleperson and for larger households. Both groups allocated the largest share of the home food dollar, slightly over half, to nonconvenience foods. Major demographic factors affecting convenience and nonconvenience food use were similar for the different household sizes. Nonconvenience foods contributed more nutrients than convenience foods for both singleperson and larger households, and levels of most nutrients were positively associated with the share of the home food dollar allocated to non convenience foods. In many cases nutrient levels were negatively associated with the share of the home food dollar spent on convenience foods. 1985 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

published proceedings

  • Home Economics Research Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Richardson, S., Pearson, J. M., & Capps, O.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Richardson, S||Pearson, JM||Capps, O

publication date

  • January 1, 1985 11:11 AM