Every 10 years, the Census counts everyone living in the United States. Find out how to be counted and be a voice for your community in 2020.
Why the Census is Important for Food Access
The Food Depository is promoting participation in the 2020 Census to support the communities we serve. Census data determines investment in resources like parks, roads and public benefits. Organizations like the Food Depository receive federal resources based on how many people they serve. Without a complete Census count, these resources could shrink.
In past Census years, some neighborhoods and populations have been hard to count. This leaves important resources on the table and makes it harder to meet the needs of underserved communities.
It’s essential to count everyone in Cook County. The Census shows how communities have changed over time. It determines our representation in Congress. It also helps show where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses.
What You Can Do
Every home will receive the Census by April 1. Complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail.
Food pantries and community groups can help promote Census participation. The Food Depository provides outreach materials and educational sessions. We will also host Census completion events at select partner sites.
Privacy and Security
Strict laws protect Census responses. The information on the Census is only used for statistical purposes. Responses will never be shared with law enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other agencies.
Download posters to promote the Census at your food pantry or program. You can also request free copies of these posters and other materials.