The Sitka Community Food Assessment work group is encouraging Sitkans to complete a 36-question survey that explores questions about local, wild food, seafood, game and plants (i.e., how do you fish, hunt, gather and/or grow). It also explores issues of food security, as well as where folks shop and how much food they store.
The data collected will augment data coming from our secondary data collection efforts, which focuses on sport and subsistence harvest data for fish and game, as well as data on food assistance programs, food producers and food costs. It also will include focus group data that we will be gathering over the next 4-6 weeks.
Collectively, the work group hopes to present the findings at a Sitka Food Summit that will take place in November 2013. Then the group will begin strategic planning to address our issues and improve food access for all Sitkans.
A link to the survey can be found on the Sitka Community Food Assessment page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SitkaCommunityFoodAssessment), or by going directly to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MQTF22Q.
Paper copies of the survey are available at the Kettleson Memorial Library. The survey is open through the end of April. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one of three community wellness projects voted on for this year by Sitka residents attending the 2012 Sitka Health Summit.