More than 30 percent of Kansas counties
are classified as food deserts. This means that more than 800,000 Kansans don’t have access to grocery stores or healthy food options in their
communities. Improved health starts with individuals and families gaining better access to healthier foods. And local grocery stores strengthen communities through economic benefits. The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative is here to help: to develop, renovate and expand grocery stores and other healthy food options in
underserved areas throughout the state. Funding is available from ten thousand
to two point five million dollars. This funding can be used in many ways
including land acquisition and construction, equipment and infrastructure, improving food distribution projects that expand access
to fresh and healthy food innovative solutions for grocery stores or food access points in food deserts, and technology or energy-efficient
improvements to grocers. Eligible food retail projects must expand fresh food offerings in underserved neighborhoods and fit local community needs. This can include grocery chains, small grocery outlets and farmers markets. To find out if your project is eligible forKansas Healthy Food Initiative Funding Complete the intake form located at KansasHealthyFood.org The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative: dedicated to bringing healthier food solutions to communities like yours.