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The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

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. Contact the KHFI team to talk through your ideas for a new healthy or rural food project.  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 Assistance

The KHFI team specializes in information related to the food system in Kansas and across the country.  Technical assistance is a free resource available to all. 

What types of technical assistance are available? 

    • 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

Send an email to start a conversation with KHFI about healthy and/or rural food access in your community.

 

Funding

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 for KHFI-eligible projects. 

  • Loan/grant funding mixes 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.

KHFI-Eligible Projects:

Eligible food retail projects must expand healthy food retail offerings in low-resource, underserved areas and fit local community needs. Potentially eligible projects include grocery stores, co-ops, farmers markets, production and distribution operations.  

All projects submitted to KHFI are reviewed to determine whether the project meets KHFI programmatic goals.  This eligibility determination 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.

Get Started here: Check the eligibility of your project