Douglas County Food Policy Council launches community survey

The Douglas County Food Policy Council has launched a community survey to gather information for a countywide Food System Plan. The survey is available online through the Lawrence Listens portal and on the Douglas County Food Policy Council website. The survey can be found at https://lawrenceks.org/cmo/lawrence-listens/.

All residents of Douglas County are encouraged to participate. The survey asks about the local shopping, eating and cooking experiences of local residents. It also offers respondents the chance to share their thoughts on identified food system issues, including access to healthy food, agricultural land preservation, economic development and urban agriculture.

In addition to the survey, the food policy council has been conducting focus groups with community stakeholders and updating its food system assessment (originally published in 2011). The group is collaborating with The Sunrise Project to collect community food stories, particularly among underrepresented communities.

The results and community priorities will be discussed at five community meetings in November.

• 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Lecompton Community Building, 620 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton

• 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Union Pacific Depot, Lawrence

• 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 1930 Harper St., Lawrence

• 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm St., Eudora

• 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St., Baldwin City

A draft food plan will be completed in January 2017 and then brought to the city and county commissions for adoption.

Additional information about the Food System Plan can be found at https://www.douglascountyks.org/fpc/food-system-plan.

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