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Rural Grocery Initiative

Due to COVID-19, Rural Grocery Initiative staff continue to work remotely. To get in touch with us, please email rgi@ksu.edu and we will respond promptly. 

Webinar Series

Keeping Groceries Alive Webinar Series

This eight-part webinar series presents the steps for completing a successful grocery business transition. In many cases, some form of community or shared ownership model provides a viable opportunity for maintaining a vibrant rural grocery store. Each webinar explores a different topic pertinent to successful business transitions.

Click here to find the recordings, slides, and additional materials for each webinar in the series.

Kansas Rural Grocery Survey

The Rural Grocery Initiative is conducting a research study that will survey all
rural and independent grocery stores in Kansas. The purpose of this research is to gather key information on the characteristics and best practices of rural and independent grocery stores in Kansas.

Click here to learn more about completing the survey and how the survey information will be used.

Click here for COVID-19 guidance for retailers. 

COVID-19 Guidance for Grocers


Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) is a public-private partnership that aims to increase access to affordable, healthy food in low-resource and underserved communities across Kansas. The Rural Grocery Initiative serves as the Food Access Organization for this program.

This video introduces the KHFI program and explains how to apply for funding or technical assistance.

For more information about KHFI, please contact us by email at khfi@ksu.edu