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Rural Grocery Initiative

Regional Rural Grocery Workshops

The Kansas State University's Center for Engagement and Community Development will be hosting a series of Rural Grocery Workshops in the Regions around the state.  These workshops will feature guest speakers from Associated Wholesale Grocers, local grocery store owners, USDA Rural Development, Kansas Healthy Food Initiative, NetWork Kansas, and Kansas State Research and Extension.  The focus of the workshops is to provide information, funding opportunities, and networking to local grocery store owners and managers.  There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.

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Save the Date: June 8-9, 2020 for the National Rural Grocery Summit VII

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To view presentations from previous years, please click here.

St. John Success Story

St. John's only grocery store closed in 2016, but residents did not lose hope for getting a grocery store back in their town.  The story of opening a grocery store in St. John shows the importance of knowing the numbers, seeking strategic external partners, and being persistent. Read more about this St. John Success Story here.

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Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) is a public-private partnership that aims to increase access to affordable healthy food to improve the health and economic development of Kansans and their communities. This video introduces the KHFI program and explains how to apply for funding or technical assistance.

For more information about the KHFI, please contact us by email at khfi@ksu.edu or by phone at 785-532-6868.