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Registration Now Open for the National Rural Grocery Summit VII

We hope you will join us for the 7th National Rural Grocery Summit being held in Manhattan, KS on June 8-9, 2020. 

Please visit here for more information.

Student Internship Position Available

We are excited to announce that a paid student internship position is now available at the K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development.  The position focuses on writing, organizing, planning, and completing work to support tracking, reporting, and developing written materials.  The student intern will work with several programs - the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD), the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD), the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI), and the Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) - with faculty, staff, students, community and business leaders.  This paid internship is an excellent opportunity to grow leadership and organizational skills.  

This position starts in January 2020, with training in early December 2019.

Submit resume, names of three professional references, and a letter of application to: Chandra Ruthstrom at chandra@ksu.edu by Thursday, December 12th.

You must be currently enrolled as a student at Kansas State University.

Click here for a detailed position description.

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.