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The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Center for Engagement and Community Development
Kansas State University

324 Nichols Hall
702 Mid-Campus Drive South
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6868
khfi@k-state.edu

Program Details

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative provides technical assistance and funding for improved access to healthy food through business development and informational support for communities. Read on to learn more about our technical assistance offerings, review the basics of KHFI funding and find links to get started on both.  

Technical AssistanceFunding

The KHFI team specializes in information related to the food system in Kansas and across the country.  KHFI technical assistance providers bring years of experience of working with rural communities and grocery to achieve rural food access solutions.  Recent work in urban areas has enhanced our expertise in urban projects across Kansas.

  • Technical assistance is available to all who request information about food access, regardless of geographic location
  • Initial contact is typically made in 24 hours or less

What types of technical assistance are available?

  • After receiving a technical assistance inquiry, the KHFI Team will set up a call with you about your technical assistance needs which could include information about:
    • Funding options for grocery store improvements
    • Business development resources
    • Wholesale distribution contacts
    • Produce and food safety
    • Food access information for media outlets
    • Point-of-sale and technology questions
    • Food policy council connections
    • Connections with other stakeholder groups and/or projects happening in your area
    • Other miscellaneous questions related to the food system.
  • After the call, information resources will be gathered and provided to you by email, usually within one week
  • Multiple inquiries are welcome.  As communities work through projects, additional follow-up to connect you with information resources is available

Please click on the link below to request technical assistance. 

 The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative is a healthy food financing program that aims to increase access to healthy food in low-resource and underserved areas of Kansas. 

  • Loans, grants, and loan/grant mixes are available to projects that increase the retail availability of healthy food to low-resources communities in Kansas that are underserved by healthy food retail. 
  • The KHFI is designed to be primarily a lending program. However there are opportunities for loan/grant mixes or grant only requests.
  • Loan/grant funding mix have 15% grant funding, with grant caps dependent on total request.
  • Grant  only funding requests may be awarded for smaller requests, with a maximum of $15,000, or as a part of a larger funding package where the grant request amount will not exceed 2% of the total project with a maximum request of $50,000.

Eligibility

Eligible food retail projects must expand healthy food offerings in low-resource, underserved neighborhoods and fit local community needs. Grocery chains, neighborhood food and grocery stores, co-ops, farmers markets, production and distribution operations, and other food projects are eligible.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to accept SNAP and WIC benefits. 

All projects submitted to KHFI for funding are reviewed to determine whether the project meets the programmatic goals of the program.  This eligibility is the first step of the process. 

Please click on the link below and provide us with some basic information about your project to start the eligibility review process.  Eligibility does not guarantee funding.

 

Request technical assistance

 Check the eligibility of your project