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Rural Grocery Success Story: Little River, Kansas

The city and grocery store in Little River have a unique partnership that ensures Little River will always have a grocery store.  Read on to learn more about their success story here.

Rural Grocery Success Story: Conway Springs, Kansas

After Conway Springs lost their only grocery store, the Osner family decided to take action and open Hired Man's Grocery Store and Grill, Inc. Read on to learn more about their success story here.

Rural Grocery Success Story:  Mildred, Kansas

The Mildred Store is located in a more than 100 year-old building that is one of the last remaining buildings from the height of the town's beginnings.  Read more about their success story here.

Rural Grocery Success Story: Chapman, Kansas

Picking the right team, working with local partners, and making good first impressions has led to success for Chapman Food Mart.  Read more about their success story here.

Thank you for attending the National Rural Grocery Summit VI in Manhattan, KS!

To view the summit presentations, please click here.

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) is a public-private partnership that aims to increase access to affordable fresh 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.

SNAP is a Boon to Urban and Rural Economies – and Small-Town Stores May not Survive Cuts

The House Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill, and if this bill becomes law it could deliver a blow to the economic vitality of many rural and small-town communities, including the local grocery store.  Read more here.

Food Stamp Cuts Could Hit Rural America Hardest

In an analysis of 150 counties with the highest household SNAP usage, 136 are rural. Rural counties could be greatly impacted by cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read more here.

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

Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Rural Grocery Initiative helped the 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.