Seattle, WA – February 17, 2010 The U.S. Census Bureau and local Asian foods producer Tsue Chong Fortunate Cookies & Noodle Factory celebrate the launch of the census fortune cookie – potentially alerting up to 2 million people about the upcoming 2010 Census. The event is part of the Census Bureau’s effort to reach traditionally hard to count communities, which include non-English speakers, ethnic minorities and young adults aged 18-25.

Seattle, WA – February 17, 2010 The U.S. Census Bureau and local Asian foods producer Tsue Chong Fortunate Cookies & Noodle Factory celebrate the launch of the census fortune cookie – potentially alerting up to 2 million people about the upcoming 2010 Census. The event is part of the Census Bureau’s effort to reach traditionally hard to count communities, which include non-English speakers, ethnic minorities and young adults aged 18-25.

 

“The 2010 Census will be the most comprehensive census outreach ever, with languages from Albanian to Yiddish,” said Regional Director Ralph Lee. The Census Bureau heavily relies on voluntary partners such as Tsue Chong to spread its message. More than 170,000 partners across the country have pledged to assist the Census Bureau, by voluntarily informing their own constituencies about the upcoming census. “We rely on our partners to be trusted messengers of the census story: that the census is safe, important and easy,” said Lee. He will present the Tsue Chong company with a special plaque commemorating the occasion.

 

The 2010 Census questionnaire will be sent to homes in mid-March. It is available in six different languages – English, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. In addition, the Census Bureau has language-assistance guides in 59 languages.

 

The Constitution mandates a count of all residents living in the United States. Census information is used for congressional apportionment and the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds annually.

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