Survey asks northern Durham residents about local food

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

The Durham County Department of Public Health released a survey to northern Durham residents Tuesday to get views on their need for locally grown food.
The food access survey is available online. Paper copies are also available at North Regional Library.
The deadline for completing surveys is Dec. 1.
The survey comes in response to comments received by the Health Department from residents in northern Durham asking for better access to more locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The department assembled a team to explore this possibility, including representatives from the Little River Community Complex, Durham Public Schools, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, city of Durham, Durham Farmers’ Market and the UNC School of Public Health.
Health officials said they believe it’s important to learn more about the needs of local residents and potential vendors.
In the coming months, the survey will be distributed to a variety of organizations and discussions will be held with farmers and local residents so that the project meets the need of the community. After that, the first step will be to identify the best site for a farmers’ market, farm stand or produce pick-up site.
These efforts correlate with Durham County’s strategic plan goal to address health and well-being for all and also align with North Carolina’s Community Transformation Grant Project, in which Durham is participating.
The project is an initiative to support evidence-based public health efforts to reduce preventable chronic diseases. The project focuses on four strategic directions: healthy eating, active living, tobacco free living and clinical preventive services. The aim of the project is to create equal access to healthy living opportunities for all North Carolinians.
For information on the survey, contact Kelly Warnock at kwarnock@dconc.gov or 919-560-7875.
Survey Links:
-- Survey in English: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0wa3bJkTjFec4XH
-- Survey in Spanish: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eqUssdO2TUUv977
-- Survey for farmers only : https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2hhjLYhG3QdrNK5