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Upcoming Webinars

Rural Grocery Succession Planning Webinar Series
Rural Grocery Succession Planning

Grocery stores face many uphill battles, from competition, to slim profit margins, to high operating costs. But another often-overlooked challenge affects not only grocers, but also entire communities: business transition. In other words, who will take over the grocery store once the owner is ready to move on?

Creating a transition plan helps ensure the grocery store continues operating, even after the owner exits the business. This is crucial in rural communities, where grocery stores are anchor institutions.

Webinars will be held every third Thursday throughout 2022 at 1:30 PM Central. Free and open to grocers, prospective grocers, and community stakeholders.

Join us to learn strategies for creating a prosperous and sustainable ownership transition. Click here to register and learn more.

Recorded Webinars

Double Up Food Bucks Informational Webinar


The Double Up Food Bucks program is expanding to grocery stores across Kansas.  This webinar provides an overview of the program, shares options for implementing the program and discusses Kansas-specific tools to support implementation. 

More details on the DUFB Informational Webinar

What is Double Up Food Bucks?
Double Up Food Bucks is a nutrition incentive program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also referred to as food assistance or EBT) shoppers. Double Up Food Bucks is a $1:$1 match on SNAP purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables. The matching incentive can be used by customers to redeem on additional fruits and vegetables. The incentive is tracked in the form of a digital credit, coupon, or in some cases, given as an instant discount (50%) at the time of purchase.

Why participate in this 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. 

This webinar covers:

  • How to get started with Double Up Food Bucks
  • Technical requirements of the program
  • Ways to strengthen your produce offerings through local producers
  • And more!

Double Up Food Bucks is part of a nation-wide effort to make healthy food more accessible to low-income families. The program in Kansas and Missouri is led by the Double Up Heartland Collaborative, a coalition of partners including Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas State Research & Extension, Cultivate Kansas City, West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, and University of Missouri Extension. The collaborative has received additional funding to expand the number of grocery stores participating in the program.

If you have questions about Double Up Food Bucks, please email Lauren Schaumburg at lschaumburg@marc.org or the Rural Grocery Initiative at rgi@ksu.edu.


Keeping Groceries Alive
Webinar Series

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Grocery stores are critical businesses in rural communities: they serve as essential sources of healthy food, they drive local economies, and they provide space for community members to gather and connect.

So when a grocery store closes, the community loses out. In order to maintain vibrant rural grocery stores over the long-term, grocers and communities must plan ahead.

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.

Webinar Topics

Click the links below to find the recording, slides, and additional materials for each webinar in the Keeping Groceries Alive series.

    1. Grocery Business Transition Planning: An Overview
    2. Understanding Grocery Ownership Models
    3. Preparing for Business Transition
    4. Assessing Markets & Community Needs
    5. Planning your Business
    6. Funding the Transition
    7. Recruiting Store Managers
    8. Mastering Grocery Store Nuts & Bolts