Ten New Yorkers can win $1,000 gift cards by completing 2020 Census

Padma Rao, VP of Special Projects at Grubhub, whose brand Seamless has tied up with NYC Census 2020 for the contest.

New York: NYC Census 2020, in partnership with Seamless, Grubhub’s NYC-specific brand, is holding a contest to give ten $1,000 gift cards to City residents who complete the 2020 Census.

“While New York City remains the greatest city on earth, we’re going to need all the help we can get to recover from the devastation COVID-19 has wrought, and that means doing everything we can to achieve a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census,” said Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020. “Thanks to Seamless, we will boost our numbers and provide a helpful incentive, particularly during these difficult times, to New Yorkers for completing the census.”

“Seamless has been in New Yorkers’ lives for more than 20 years, so we’ve had the opportunity to watch NYC grow and change over time,” added Padma Rao, VP of Special Projects at Grubhub. “We’re excited to give back to a city we know and love by partnering with NYC Census 2020.”

As of May 20, New York City’s self-response rate is 49.4%, whereas the nation’s is 59%. In 2010, 62% of New Yorkers responded to the census, while the U.S. average was 76%. New York City’s self-response rate is now higher than it was when compared to the national response rate in 2010. The contest is part of outreach to  mobilize 50% of those who have not yet completed the census.

The 2020 Census will determine the next 10 years — and beyond — of New York City’s future, including the shape of the city’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. The census determines each state’s fair share of hundreds of billions of dollars distributed by the federal government annually for schools, transportation, housing, roads and bridges, and even for healthcare. The census also determines each state’s rightful share of representation in the House of Representatives.

The NYC Census 2020-Seamless contest is only open to residents of New York City, over the age of 18, who have not yet completed the census. For a New Yorker to enter this contest, they must complete the census online or on a phone and take a screenshot or photo of the confirmation page as proof of completing the census. They then can upload that picture at NYC.gov/CensusContest, explain what winning this contest would mean to them –  based on that answer one winner will be selected very week for 10 weeks.

  • The census is available online and by phone this year:my2020census.gov and 1-844-330-2020.
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