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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.

White's Foodliner Produce Section


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.

Fact Sheet: Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

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

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.