2024 National Rural Grocery Summit

June 24-25, 2024

Montgomery, Alabama

Thanks for attending the National Rural Grocery Summit on June 24-25, 2024, in Montgomery, Alabama!

The National Rural Grocery Summit is the premier networking and resource-sharing venue for independent grocers and rural food access stakeholders. It brings together grocery store owners and managers, community leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access stakeholders, policy makers, and funders to connect, share lessons learned, and innovate around best practices for sustaining locally-owned rural grocery stores and improving access to healthy food in rural communities.

In 2024, the Summit was co-hosted by the Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University and the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University.


Summit Objectives
  • Explore the connections between rural grocery operations and community vitality
  • Provide rural grocery store owners and rural grocery stakeholders the opportunity to network and learn from each other
  • Highlight innovative models and strategies for strengthening healthy food retail in rural communities
  • Chart a path for robust rural food systems that improve the health and well-being of rural communities

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We have gained so much, learned so much, and been rejuvenated each time we attend the summit.
RG Summit Attendee
Learning from peers was extremely valuable - loved the opportunity to connect.
RG Summit Attendee


K-State Research and Extension is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the Rural Grocery Initiative at least two weeks prior to the start of the event at 785-532-6868 and rgi@ksu.edu. Requests received after this date will be honored when it is feasible to do so.

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