Some things are easily taken for granted— running down to the grocery store when you’re out of milk. That’s now true in Morland, Kansas. After an eight year absence, the town of 150 now has a grocery store. Morland isn’t an isolated case. There are about 200 little stores in the state in communities with populations under 2,000. There are also, places like Morland that no longer have grocery retailers.
Kansas State University is working to make sure rural residents have access to sustainable retail sources of food reports The High Plains Journal.
The Rural Grocery Initiative at the Center for Engagement and Community Development is partnering with two other organizations developing models to help grocery retailers continue.
Because of the initiative, ten towns now have grocery stores.