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THT, Rider University Survey City Residents on Emergency Food Needs

Trenton, NJ — Trenton Health Team, in partnership with Rider University and the Trenton Food Stakeholders, today launched a citywide survey of residents to identify the need for, and availability of, emergency food so local agencies can tailor services to better meet community needs.

“Nutrition and access to healthy foods is key to well-being,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “This survey will tell us if residents have access to the food they need, and residents’ answers will guide our efforts to improve the availability of food throughout the community.”

The survey also explores the use of free food resources such as food pantries and grab-n-go meals. Data from the survey will help answer key questions: Are free food resources sufficient, are resources accessible, and are residents aware of these resources?

Residents can respond to the survey online at:

In addition, paper copies will be available at select community organizations throughout the city.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain confidential. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a lottery for a $20 gift card in appreciation of their time. THT will mail gift cards to 10 randomly selected winners.

THT convened the Trenton Food Stakeholders group in February 2019 to improve food access and nutrition across the city. Recently, the group — including more than 35 local agencies — has been confronting an increased need for food prompted by the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

The survey has been approved by Rider University’s Institutional Review Board, the governing body that oversees the university’s research activities.

Questions about rights as a survey participant should be directed to the Rider University faculty sponsors of this project, Dr. Kristin McCarthy at or Dr. Anubha Mishra at

To find emergency and free food options, visit the Trenton Area Free Food ResourcesToolan online, interactive directory and map.