WICHITA, Kan. – Twelve projects in 10 counties were approved during the first year of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI). These projects equate to 67,520 square feet of expanded or renovated food retail space, the creation or retention of approximately 140 local jobs and 63,000 Kansas residents served.
The 12 projects total $319,800 in grants and $634,985 in loans, and are part of the larger $4.2 million KHF-led KHFI program.
KHFI is a loan/grant funding initiative for grocery improvements, farmers’ markets, food distribution or other innovative projects to support increased access to nutritious food.
An additional $5 million has been leveraged in other financing for the initial 12 projects (such as owner equity, bank loans, NetWork Kansas loans and funding from the United States Department of Agriculture).
Approved projects by region, include:
KHFI is made possible due to a partnership between Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development, the food access organization implementing the KHFI, NetWork Kansas, a statewide network of non-profit business-building resources, The Food Trust, a national organization focused on food retail for underserved populations and IFF, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution.
KHFI financing continues to be available for entities looking to sustain or create food access points in areas of great need. Loans and grants must meet eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit the KHFI website.
The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.
Every month, our electronic newsletter, Health Happenings, features a story about a focus area, grant, partnership or program involving the Foundation.