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Yearlong Study will Identify the Region's Food Challenges and Resources

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, with the support of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), is encouraging residents across the region to complete a survey designed to assess their access to healthy food, as well as their attitudes about food and eating.

The survey can be found online at http://foodhabitssurvey.questionpro.com and is also available in Spanish at http://encuestaalimentos.questionpro.com. Paper copies of the survey, in English or Spanish, can be requested by calling MARC at 816-474-4240.

The survey is part of a yearlong study of the Kansas City metro area's food system. "Food system" refers to the comprehensive set of local mechanisms in place for producing, manufacturing, distributing and selling food. The study will help identify which areas of the region have access to healthy, sustainable and affordable food ? and which do not.

The responses to the survey will help the Food Policy Coalition determine what the region's challenges and opportunities are to provide region-wide access to diverse food choices, and how those challenges can be addressed. The next phase of the study will include a series of community discussions based on the information received from the survey.?

The Food Policy Coalition is made up of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments committed to ensuring that healthy, sustainable and affordable food is available locally. To learn more about the Food Policy Coalition, call 816/523-5353 or visit www.kcfoodpolicy.org.

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