food deserts

10:44 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Unique Grocery Store Rolls Into Kansas City

Fourth graders at the Boys & Girls Club visit Truman's new mobile grocery store.
Elana Gordon KCUR

People living in parts of Kansas City that aren’t near a big grocery store now have another food option. But it’s not your typical grocery store, and it’s not run by your typical vendor.

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Food Deserts
11:22 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Planting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts

Onaga Country Market Store Manager Jane McClain gets ready for the store's opening in December. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

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Food Deserts
9:54 am
Mon November 21, 2011

K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

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