The Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) aims to improve food distribution and grocery sale technology and fund other innovative solutions to food access challenges in Kansas, where 30 percent of the counties are considered food deserts. As part of the KHFI team, IFF will manage more than $5 million in combined loans and grants for food access projects, such as new, expanded, or improved rural grocery stores. In addition to the financing pool, KHFI will offer technical assistance to grocers through the Kansas State University Center for Engagement and Community Development as well as The Food Trust, a national organization focused on food retail for underserved populations. The Kansas Health Foundation will remain engaged as a funder as well as partner, providing expertise in health issues related to food access.
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