Montgomery County COVID-19 Food Access Survey

January 22, 2021: The Food Council has launched a short, 8-question COVID-19 Community Food Access survey to collect input from residents that will guide the County’s food distribution plans in 2021. Residents’ feedback on how the County can best serve our communities and improve food access during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to informing program implementation, policy development, and future funding priorities.

(Información en Español)

The deadline for survey responses is Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Amharic and Chinese. 

Please note that residents who complete Part I of the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card, and residents who complete Parts I and II of the survey will be entered to win a $50 gift card. 

Community Science, a local evaluation firm, will help the Food Council administer this survey, including data collection and analysis. The information collected through the survey will remain confidential and will only be used to improve food access in the county. 

Please help us share the information included below with program participants and clients that your organization serves, as well as with neighbors, local listservs and community groups, through e-newsletters, social media, and on your website. We want to ensure that this survey reaches as many residents as possible.

Any organizations interested in receiving free Food Access Survey postcards, for distribution to community members, can contact Surbhi Sardana at Surbhi.Sardana@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please indicate the number of cards desired, and the best mailing address.

The English and Spanish (Español) version of the survey is available for preview.

Suggested Social Media Language (English/Español)

Facebook: @MoCoFoodCouncil has developed a Food Access Survey to collect input from County residents that will help us understand food access challenges that community members are currently facing. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mcfoodsurvey to complete the survey and share your feedback. Contact info@mocofoodcouncil.org with questions.

Instagram (please include graphics in English/Español below): @mocofoodcouncil has developed a Food Access Survey to gain a better understanding of the food access challenges that Montgomery County residents are currently facing. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mcfoodsurvey to complete the survey and share your feedback. Contact info@mocofoodcouncil.org with questions.

Twitter: Have you been experiencing food access challenges during the pandemic? Share your feedback with the @MoCoFoodCouncil here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mcfoodsurvey

Lenguaje De Media Social Sugerido

Facebook: La consejería de comida del condado de Montgomery ha creado una encuesta de acceso de comida que está siendo distribuida a los residentes del condado en orden para obtener un mejor comprensión de los retos de acceso de comida que algunos miembros de la comunidad están enfrentando. Por favor visita https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/encuestaalimentaria para completar la encuesta y compartir tu opinión. Contacta info@mocofoodcouncil.org si tienes preguntas.

Instagram (please include graphics in English/Español below): La consejería de comida del condado de Montgomery ha creado una encuesta de acceso de comida que está siendo distribuida a los residentes del condado en orden para obtener un mejor comprensión de los retos de acceso de comida que algunos miembros de la comunidad están enfrentando. Por favor visita https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/encuestaalimentaria para completar la encuesta y compartir tu opinión. Contacta info@mocofoodcouncil.org si tienes preguntas.

Twitter: ¿Has enfrentado alguna dificultad accesando a comida durante la pandemia? Comparte tus comentarios con @MoCoFoodCouncil here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/encuestaalimentaria

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If you have any questions about this survey, you can contact Avelyn Heltzel from the Community Science team (aheltzel@communityscience.com) or the Montgomery County Food Council (info@mocofoodcouncil.org).

Thank you for your help in this effort!

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