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Upcoming Webinars

Double Up Food Bucks Webinar
Double Up Food Bucks Informational Webinar
Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 1:30-2:30 PM

About the webinar

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. This webinar will focus on how Double Up Food Bucks can be implemented by rural grocery stores in Kansas. Please join us Thursday, September 30th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM to learn more!

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. 

Want to know more?
If you are interested in considering this program for your store, please join us for an informational webinar on Thursday, September 30th from 1:30-2:30. Click here to register.

This webinar will cover:

  • 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.



Past Webinars

Keeping Groceries Alive webinar series

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 will present 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 will explore 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