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CECD Launches Rural Grocery Store Initiative

K-State Engagement E-News, August 2007 (PDF)

Partnering with the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Kansas Rural Center, KSU's Center for Engagement and Community Development has begun work on an initiative to support and sustain independently-owned grocery stores located in rural Kansas.

According to David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development, "This is a project of tremendous importance as it addresses issues of economic development, community development, and public health." Through this initiative, CECD and its partners will create a common data base of rural grocery stores, conduct a survey of customer expectations and shopping behaviors, identify rural grocer best practices, explore different models of food distribution to rural grocers, and create a "buy local, buy rural campaign." A website is being created to serve as an communication hub for the network of rural grocers to communicate with one another and also to serve as a conduit for the latest rural grocer information.

The Center for Engagement and Community Development has identified 194 grocery stores in rural Kansas towns with populations under 2,000. If you know of any independently-owned grocery stores that would benefit from our initiative, please contact CECD.

More information on the Rural Grocery Store Sustainability Initiative.