Ottawa Food is a collaboration of local agencies and individuals that exists to ensure that all Ottawa County residents have access to healthy, local, and affordable food choices.  Ottawa Food coordinates a variety of local initiatives that aim to eliminate hunger, encourage healthy eating, and increase sourcing of local food.  By completing this survey, you will help Ottawa Food identify the priority areas that should be addressed over the next 3 years. 

* 1. As an Ottawa County resident, please rank the following food-related issues in order of importance to be addressed, from 1 (most important issue to address locally ) to 7 (least important issue to address locally).

* 2. Are there any other food-related issues that you think are more important  to address locally than the seven issues listed in question #1?

* 3. In the past year, how often did you buy food at the following locations?

  Never 1-5 times a year 6-11 times a year 1-3 times a month 4 or more times a month
At a warehouse club (such as Sam's Club or Costco)
At a grocery store (such as Meijer, Family Fare, Aldi, Leppinks, Orchard Market, etc.)
At a discount grocery store (Save a Lot, Daily Deals, etc.)
At a convenience store or gas station
At a specialty grocer or natural food store (such as Harvest Health or Apple Valley)
At a farmers market 
Directly from a farmer ( roadside stand, U-pick, etc.)

* 4. When buying food, how much do the following factors influence your purchasing decisions?

  Never Rarely Sometimes Almost Always Always
Grown in USA
Grown in Michigan
Grown in West Michigan
Certified Organic
Whether or not the food is processed
GMO free 

* 5. If you wanted to purchase more food grown or produced locally, do you know where to buy it?

* 6. Are you familiar with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs?

* 7. If you are familiar with CSA programs but do not participate in one, please select all the reasons that apply.  (If you are not familiar with CSA programs, or if you do participate in a CSA program, please skip to question #8).

* 8. Which of the following prevent you from eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis?  (Select all that apply)

* 9. Which strategies do you think would be the most helpful for improving school food in your community?  Rank these strategies from 1 (most helpful) to 4 (the least helpful)

* 10. The following is a list of potential strategies for improving the nutritional quality of food available in this community.  Please rate each strategy in terms of importance.

  Very Important Important  Neutral  Somewhat Important  Not Important 
Encouraging convenience stores/gas stations to sell healthier foods.
Developing community gardens.
Using locally grown foods in hospitals, prisons, and senior centers.
Providing transportation to local farmers markets.
Conducting healthy food drives in the community.
Collecting fresh food donations from patrons at local farmers markets and distributing it at local food pantries.
Implementing Pick For Pantries programs, in which u-pick customers have the option to donate a portion of their pick (strawberries, blueberries, etc.) to a local food pantry. 

* 11. When donating food items to food pantries and/or local food drives, do you consider the nutritional quality of your donation?

* 12. Please share any ideas you have regarding additional strategies Ottawa Food could implement to address local food issues.

* 13. What is your zip code? 

* 14. Please indicate your age.

* 15. What was your total household income (before taxes) during the past 12 months?

* 16. Would you like to get involved with the planning and implementation of future Ottawa Food initiatives?

* 17. Enter to win! (optional)  We will draw one name to win a $50 Meijer gift card.  If you want to enter, please complete the survey and provide your name and contact information below.  (All contact information will be kept confidential.)  Surveys must be completed by March 4, 2018 to be eligible.  Only one survey can be completed per person.  Anyone entering more than once will be ineligible to win.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Please visit to find out more about Ottawa Food and for information about local food resources.