MANSFIELD -- North end residents have the chance to win free money by participating in a food survey project sponsored by the North End Community Improvement Collaborative and OSU-Mansfield's microfarm project.
Names of lucky survey participants are being selected every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 p.m. through Dec. 18 to receive monetary gift cards ranging in value from $50 to $500, just in time for the holiday season.
Cheyla Bradley, communications and engagement coordinator at NECIC, said the goal is to have 300 surveys completed by Dec. 18.
Four winners have already been chosen and 14 additional participants will be selected during Facebook live sessions at the NECIC page at 3 p.m. on drawing days.
The online survey, which takes between 30 and 50 minutes, can be done by clicking here. Those without internet access can participate by calling Bradley at 419-295-2955.
"All of the questions and answers will provide really helpful data to help us understand the north end food environment," Bradley said Friday.
"We need to know where people get their food, what kind of food they get, to see if urban farming is benefitting the north end and what else we can be doing to help," Bradley said.
The survey is open to only north end residents in census tracts 6, 7, 16 and a section of tract 31.
According to organizers, the purpose of the project is to engage with residents, community members, and stakeholders in sharing experiences and finding solutions to challenges concerning access to healthy and nutritious foods.
The study will lead to a community action plan to make communities healthier and more food secure.
It's part of a larger project, the Mansfield Microfarm Project, that explores the food environment in neighborhood and the value and effects of urban farming and produce aggregation as an economic development tool aimed at achieving both environmental and social justice aims.
"It's an in-depth survey," Bradley said. "It's all useful information. We do appreciate whoever does it because you are helping your community."