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The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

116 Umberger
1612 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Common Ground Producers and Growers


Community: Wichita, KS
County: Sedgwick
Region: South Central
Geographical context: Urban
Date Funded: March 2021


Over the years, Wichita has seen the closure of several grocery stores, leading large pockets of the city with low access to healthy, affordable food. Although city leaders and community members have taken a strong interest in this issue, opening a new grocery store has been a slow process.

Recognizing the critical needs of her community, in 2014, Donna Pearson McClish founded Common Ground Producers and Growers, a nonprofit mobile market that works with a network of local producers to move fresh food into the areas that need it most. Its guiding mission: “All are fed. No one is hungry.”

In March 2021, Common Ground received funding from the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative to build the capacity of several local producers that supply food to the mobile market. The grant was used to purchase wash stations, harvest wagons, irrigation supplies, and other materials to improve the cultivation and distribution of fresh produce. Common Ground continues to expand its farmer network in order to increase fresh food offerings at the mobile market. 

Read the complete Common Ground Success Story here (pdf)


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