City, Schuncks, Census Bureau Encourage "March to the Mailbox"
Census forms and assistance available at local Schnucks stores this Saturday
April 9, 2010
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.
spokesperson Damon Cannon will be available for interviews between and 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 :