The 2017 Grocer’s Survey instrument was mailed to 270 food retailers who accept SNAP benefits in the following Kentucky counties. The grocer list was collected from the USDA SNAP Retailers by State Database.
The survey instrument was mailed along with the following cover letter:
July 19, 2017
Dear Central and Eastern Kentucky food retailers,
The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with your local extension office, is researching community level factors that affect access to healthy foods and physical activity. The primary intent of this investigation is to help community members and local food providers better understand the health environment of communities.
We are seeking your volunteer participation to complete this survey of food providers in the eight counties. As a food provider for the community, access and patronage of your store is an important component of the community food environment. The enclosed grocer’s survey seeks a better understanding of your stores’ needs, challenges, and best practices as it relates to creating a healthy community food environment. Survey responses are anonymous which means no specific reference to any store will appear or be used on research documents or in presentations or publications.
In addition to an improved understanding of the local food environments, we anticipate the responses to this survey will be of interest to you. We hope to receive completed questionnaires from approximately 250 food retailers in these eight counties. Compiled information from the survey will be sorted by county and will be an informative look at the county food environment. Survey results will be available at www.psekentucky.wordpress.org.
Your responses are important for the quality and usefulness of this information. The survey is between 34 and 42 questions (depending on responses) and can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. Please use the addressed, stamped envelope included with this letter to return your survey to our research team.
Contact myself, Daniel Kahl, at 859-257-2542 or Daniel.Kahl@uky.edu if you have any questions.
We look forward to hearing from you!