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Registration is Now Open for The National Rural Grocery Summit VI

Please join us on June 25th and 26th for the 2018 National Rural Grocery Summit. Final agenda and further details will be released soon. For registration and further information click here. 

Nutrition for all: Kansas State University to help new initiative improve healthy food access for Kansans

Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Rural Grocery Initiative are helping kickoff of the $4.2 million Kansas Healthy Food Initiative in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation on Nov. 6 in Wichita. The goal of the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative is to help improve Kansans' access to healthy food! For more information about the initiative check out the story in K-State Today: https://www.k-state.edu/…/newsrelea…/2017-10/khfi101917.html


Kansas Health Foundation is currently partnering with Center for Engagement and Community Development to help ensure vulnerable populations in neighborhoods have affordable access to healthy foods. To learn more, view the official KHFI fact sheet:

Fact Sheet: Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Kansas Food First - Summer 2017 Edition

Since 2007, K-State's Rural Grocery Initiative has been bringing attention to and assisting grocery stores in rural communities. Along the way, we have worked with some incredible communities, local leaders and grocery owners. The stories featured in our Food First magazine provide a glimpse of this important work and these amazing people. Read the first edition of Food First magazine here.

K-State's CECD and Department of Sociology Partner with The Food Trust to Launch Center for Healthy Food Access

Recognizing that access to healthy food is often a challenge, particularly for people living in low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and rural areas, K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) and the department of sociology, in partnership with The Food Trust and a diverse group of partners from across the country, is launching a national collaborative effort – the Center for Healthy Food Access – to help organizations and businesses increase access to and demand for healthy, affordable foods and beverages. Read more here.

Growing A Small Town: What local resident Fred Smith is doing to keep Tipton, KS alive

This Small Town Refused to Settle for Walmart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed

After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back. Read more here.

Food Frontiers

Past Summit Testimonial

Read more about a past presenter's experience at the Rural Grocery Summit here.

Dr. Procter Highlights RGI on NPR

Listen to Dr. Procter on NPR here.

Rural Grocery Ownership Models: Case Studies

Learn more about the Rural Grocery Ownership Models.