Grantee Blog 2020

The Trenton Food Needs Survey

Trenton Health Team, in partnership with Rider University and in collaboration with the Trenton Food Stakeholders, has created the Trenton Food Needs Survey to better understand residents’ need for and use of free food resources such as food pantries and grab-n-go meals. Data from the survey will help the Trenton Food Stakeholders improve the availability of free food resources in the community.  


The Trenton Food Needs Survey encompasses three research domains to help answer key questions: For Trenton residents, are free food resources sufficient, are resources accessible, and are residents aware these resources exist? 


The survey will be widely available via social media, email, and text beginning in November 2020. In addition, THT is working with community partners actively engaged in fighting food insecurity to distribute hard copy versions of the survey across the city to those without internet access.


To make sure that findings from the survey adequately represent the entire city, THT has organized Trenton’s 24 census tracts into seven clusters based on key indicators related to food insecurity. We will monitor the response rate in each cluster to make sure each is represented and to help guide survey outreach efforts.


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 related to COVID-19. 


Results from the Food Survey will help ensure we respond efficiently and effectively to this expanded need and guide food policy into the future.

About the Grantee

Trenton Health Team

Trenton Health Team is an innovative, multi-sector partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of the greater Trenton community.