The National Food Survey (NFS) was originally set up in 1940 to monitor the adequacy of the diet of urban working class households. It evolved into a continuous sampling enquiry into the domestic food consumption and expenditure of all private households, regardless of class. In 2000 the National Food Survey and Family Expenditure Survey were merged into the Expenditure and Food Survey, and subsequently became known as the Family Food Module of the Living Costs and Food Survey. A full timeline of the evolution of the survey is available here.
Survey results and data in electronic form are only available from 1974 onwards. The original survey report publications covering 1940 to 1984 are available here. A number of these files have been sourced from HathiTrust, and we acknowledge their assistance in making these documents available.