And the Survey Says ...


Marywood University, along with the United Way and more than 20 community partners, is leading a USDA study to measure hunger and food insecurity in Lackawanna County. Food insecurity refers to either the lack of availability or lack of access to food. Marywood University is a part of the USDA's larger "Hunger-Free Communities" initiative, which has provided grant monies to 14 communities in eight states across the county.

To complete this study, a survey has been mailed to 10,000 randomly selected households throughout Lackawanna County.

If your household receives a survey, please take a few moments to complete and return it. Answers are vital to help identify areas of need and to make sure everyone in Northeastern Pennsylvania has enough to eat. In 2009, more than 50 million individuals in the United States, or 16.6% of the population, lived in food insecure households.

The results of this study will be used to develop a plan to become a hunger-free community and to serve as a model for other communities throughout the region.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Joanne Christaldi, principal investigator for the study, at jchristaldi@marywood.edu or (570) 348-6211 ext. 2235.