Ten counties already benefiting from KHFI program

April 15, 2019

Media Contact Ashley Booker, 316-491-8414

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:

NORTH CENTRAL:

  • Lucas, Russell County – Home Oil, a local convenience store, is using a $25,000 grant for building expansion and equipment upgrades to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food–including produce and fresh meat–in the store.

NORTHEAST:

  • Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County – KCK Greenmarket will use a $5,000 grant for business and communications development, and equipment for the existing farmers’ market.
  • Topeka, Shawnee County – El Torito (a new grocery store which serves ethnic food for a Hispanic market) plans to use a $52,000 grant and $455,000 loan for working capital, inventory and to refinance existing debt.

NORTHWEST:

  • Grinnell, Gove County – Hometown Grocery, a community-owned grocery store, used its $10,000 grant to purchase new freezers and a cooler for fresh produce to reduce energy costs through greater efficiency. The store has since closed.
  • St. Francis, Cheyenne County – Sainty Super Foods will use a $15,000 grant for expansion of its produce section and replacing or adding fresh food cooling equipment.

SOUTH CENTRAL:

  • Hutchinson, Reno County – Tecklenburg Farms has agreed to use a $15,000 grant on its 6-acre urban farm to help build a 1,520-square-foot post-harvest handling and distribution building that will move produce to local grocery outlets.
  • St. John, Stafford County – A $75,000 challenge grant was awarded to Stafford County Economic Development for the creation of the Stafford County Marketplace, which offers a grocery store, pharmacy and gas station. Funds were used for new construction, equipment and fixtures.

SOUTHEAST:

  • Humboldt, Allen County – Willard’s Inc dba Moon’s Market, received a $30,000 grant to increase inventory, add to operating capital and to possibly add a deli. The store has since closed.
  • Moran, Allen County – Marmaton Market will use a $167,000 loan and $50,000 grant (to support the loan) to renovate the existing store and complete a project market study. Funds will also be used for working capital.
  • Moran, Allen County – The Mildred Store is using a $13,300 grant and $6,700 loan for energy-efficient equipment upgrades. Outdated coolers are also being replaced to allow the store to carry more produce and reduce energy costs.
  • McCune, Crawford County – The McCune Farm to Market is using a $12,000 grant and a $6,000 loan for the addition of a three-door freezer unit for take-and-bake items prepared in a commercial kitchen.

SOUTHWEST:

  • Protection, Comanche County – Protection Community Venture, a local grocery store, will be utilizing a $7,500 grant for refrigeration equipment upgrades.

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.

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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.

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