- A count of every person living in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020
- The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years.
- Federal law protects census responses.
- Answers can only be used to produce statistics.
- Census data is confidential for 72 years.
- This year, there will be 3 ways to respond to the 2020 Census – online, by phone, or request a hard copy
The information recorded in the decennial census is used for the following things:
- The report will provide the population counts by state and the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives apportioned to each state.
- Census data determines how more than $675 billion are spent.
- When the population is undercounted, jurisdictions don’t receive the funding needed for vital community services.
- Census data are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.
- Census data help local governments plan for future community needs and services, such as emergency services, schools, hospitals, human services, libraries, transportation, and much more.
The Galveston County Food Bank, in collaboration with United Way of Galveston County Mainland, will strive to reach the traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities and geographic areas of Galveston County to encourage local residents served through these two organizations to participate in the 2020 Census.
An accurate and complete census is necessary to determine fair allocation of federal dollars for resources, services and infrastructure that support everyday quality of life and in securing current, up-to-date information for establishing future goals for both the Food Bank and United Way and the approximately 100 partnering charity organizations serving Galveston
County’s economically disadvantaged residents. This would entail local, on-the-ground efforts and outreach to clients utilizing services such as pantries, soup kitchens, residential facilities, healthcare facilities, shelters, mobile food fairs or families with children in schools or childcare and summertime programs.