Allegheny College Students to Conduct Local Food Survey in October as Part of Community Wellness Initiative

Sept. 24, 2015 — Two classes at Allegheny College will pilot a food survey of local residents between 1 and 6 p.m. during the month of October. The survey is part of the Community Wellness Initiative, a collaborative effort to improve wellness in the Meadville community.

Students working in teams of two or three will knock on residents’ doors with a list of questions about where and how community members get their food. Questions will ask about residents’ interest in community gardening and the creation of local food industry jobs. Input from members of the local community helped in the development of the interview questions.

Student interviewers will have their Allegheny College identification. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes, and all answers will remain anonymous. The data gathered from the survey will be made available to the community.

For more information, contact Kerstin Martin at, Professor Eleanor Weisman at or Professor Zac Callen at