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Cross-sectional study carried out for the first time in 2004-2005, with the aim of assessing the diet and nutritional status of food aid recipients.

The Abena study was carried out in different types of food aid structures (social grocery stores, parcel distribution, meals) in four urban areas (Paris, Seine-St-Denis department, Dijon, Marseille).

A random sample was drawn up to include food aid recipients aged 18 and over. A total of 1,164 subjects answered questions on their socio-demographic and economic characteristics, their food supplies, including food aid, and consumption frequencies for the main food groups. They were also offered the opportunity to undergo a clinical and biological examination at the Health Insurance Health Examination Centers.

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