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MISSOURI — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has announced it will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households throughout Missouri this week.

The bureau staff plans to deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside households and 122,884 households in Missouri. According to a news release from the bureau, this is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at a physical address.

“The operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year,” the release noted. “People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet.”

The bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines. The health and safety of bureau staff and the public is always a top priority, the release noted.

The 2020 Census Bureau website, offers two suggestions to verify the identity of someone claiming to seek responses for the 2020 Census.

Check to make sure they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

Call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/Censusadjustments.

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