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Rural Grocery Initiative

Due to COVID-19, Kansas State University plans limited operations status through the end of the semester, based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. If you need to contact the Center for Engagement and Community Development, please email cecd@ksu.edu.  We will respond promptly to that email.

 For guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for retailers click here.

Grocery Store is low Risk


The 2020 National Rural Grocery Summit VII has been cancelled

After much information gathering and deliberation among our staff at the Center for Engagement and Community Development, we have decided to cancel the face-to-face National Rural Grocery Summit slated for June 8-9, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. We are sad to make this decision as we were looking forward to seeing so many of our friends, owners, and partners and hearing about new and cutting-edge ideas regarding rural grocery operations and access to healthy foods.

We are exploring a number of online engagement opportunities to continue to provide important and relevant information for rural grocers and for all those working to improve access to healthy foods.  Please stay tuned.

 Rural Grocery Summit Cancelled


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.