by Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County

The disruptions from COVID-19 continue, and the U.S. Census Bureau has developed a survey to measure social and economic impacts of this pandemic. University of Tennessee Extension has received several inquiries about this survey.

The Household Pulse Survey has been shared with many Tennessee families, requesting information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting households. Details ranging from jobs, finances, access to food, health, housing and schooling can give the U.S. Census Bureau valuable information to inform future pandemic responses and aid packages.

“With so much information available online, it can be difficult to determine the validity of items like this,” says UT Extension specialist Ann A. Berry. “Some people have asked us if this is a scam or some kind of phishing expedition, but it is legitimate.”

Berry adds that just like the U.S. Census, this survey could lead to greater resources and funds for Tennessee communities who have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only those households who have been identified by the U.S. Census Bureau should respond.

Tennesseans who have been contacted about this survey can complete it in about 20 minutes at the U.S. Census Bureau website. For more information contact Mary Parker Draper at 615-735-2900.

Check out this week’s “Food for Thought” recipe for Mexican Chicken. This week’s recipe was submitted by Hickman FCE Club.

Mexican Chicken

4 boiled chicken breasts

1 can chicken broth 

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can nacho cheese soup

1 can rotel

1 bag nacho cheese chips

Mix together chicken broth, cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, and cream of chicken soup with rotel. Shred chicken and add. Break up ½ bag of chips and add. Put in a baking dish. Cook at 350* for 30 minutes. Serve with remainder of chips.