St. Louis – In response to low Census mail-in rates, the City of St. Louis, Schnucks Stores, and the Census Bureau are joining forces to help ensure that every person is counted in the City of St. Louis. The City of St. Louis currently has a response rate of 60%, which is 4% lower than the national average. To help make sure that every St. Louisan is counted, Schnucks has volunteered eight of their City locations as a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center (QAC) to make it easy for each City resident to fill out and send in their Census forms.
"An accurate Census count is vitally important to the City of St. Louis," said Mayor Francis Slay. "And I would like to thank Schnucks for standing up and helping their community. A recent Brookings study shows that St. Louis received $3400 for each person counted in fiscal year 2008. That's a huge amount of money that benefits our City and our citizens. Every person in St. Louis counts – and every person in St. Louis should be counted."
Scott Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc. agrees. "The Census has the power to add to services and improve the quality of life for every person in our region. Because our stores are so conveniently located, we are in a position to help the City and Census Bureau reach as many people as possible particularly in areas that are traditionally undercounted," he said. "As a company, Schnucks is taking every opportunity to encourage everyone to be counted."
For more information or to schedule interviews, please call Kara Bowlin at 314-622-3479.
Census Bureau spokesperson Damon Cannon will be available for interviews between 10am and 11am on Saturday, March 10 at the Culinaria location downtown. Please call Mr. Cannon at 314-494-7002.
Census Bureau representatives will be at the following Schnucks locations on Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 am to 5:00pm:
60 Hampton Village Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63109
4127 North Grand
St. Louis, MO 63107
3430 South Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118
St. Louis, MO 63139
St. Louis, MO 63115
315 N. Ninth Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
7450 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
St.Louis MO 63111
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