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Rural Grocery Initiative

Welcome to the Rural Grocery Initiative

The Rural Grocery Initiative, housed within K-State Research and Extension, aims to sustain locally-owned rural grocery stores to enhance community vitality and improve access to healthy foods by identifying, developing, and sharing resources that support grocers and rural communities.

Double Up Food Bucks Informational Webinar

Double Up Food Bucks

The Rural Grocery Initiative is teaming up with the Double Up Heartland Collaborative to offer an informational webinar on the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Double Up Food Bucks provides an opportunity to leverage SNAP and matching funds to increase produce sales at your store. Not only that, but the entire community benefits from the program by having greater access to healthy food options. 

To learn how your store can participate in the program, join us for an informational webinar on Thursday, September 30th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Register today!

For more information about the webinar, click here.

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.


COVID-19 Guidance for Grocers

Click here for COVID-19 guidance for retailers.