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Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit

The K-State Rural Grocery Initiative is pleased to announce the Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit. This event will be held on June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan. We will gather together and discover ways to strengthen our rural grocery stores and the communities they reside in.

Eight percent of rural Americans – approximately 4.75 million people – live in areas without access to nutritious foods. Known as “food deserts,” research has shown a strong correlation between those who live in these areas and chronic, diet-related diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

A local grocery store is a vital source of healthy food for these rural communities. A store present in these areas has been shown to correlate with lower rates of obesity and diet-related disease. Regrettably, many local grocery stores struggle to keep their doors open.

Due to the repercussions the loss of a grocery store represents, Kansas State University and a comprehensive range of partners are working to support rural communities and their grocery stores. The Fifth National Rural Grocery Summit will include people from all walks of life; store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, policy makers, and funders. Our objectives include providing new avenues of thinking, discuss the latest models for providing healthy food, and provide the opportunity to network and chart a path towards the future.

We hope you will join us to discuss how to best sustain our rural grocery stores and improve the health of our rural residents.

To register for this event, please visit conferences.k-state.edu/ruralgrocery/registration/. For questions regarding registration, contact Kansas State University Global Campus at (785)-532-5569 or 1-(800)-432-8222.

If you have any questions regarding program content, contact Dr. David Procter at (785)-532-6868, cecd@k-state.edu.