TOPEKA - Join the Kansas Rural Center (KRC) as they host two Feeding Southwest Kansas summits in Liberal and Dodge City this month.

KRC invites Southwest Kansas farmers, community development and service leaders, food and farm advocates, local and state policy makers, Extensions, institutional food leaders, food business leaders, health leaders, and Ag and health organizations.

The purpose of each summit is to learn and share information about current challenges and opportunities around farming and food access in Southwest Kansas, and public action or policy supports needed.

Summits will be held in:

• Liberal, April 26 at the Seward County Community College Student Activities Center

• Dodge City, April 27 at the High Plains Journal Communications Center

A free lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m., with the roundtables and dialogue following. The summits will end at 5 p.m. To attend lunch please RSVP before April 24 at https://kansasruralcenter.org/feedingswks/.

Those who attend the summits will have the opportunity to dialogue about the current environment and opportunities around Kansas farms, food and community health, and to connect with others who share similar interests or concerns for their communities. Dialogue at the summits will help identify recommendations for a Southwest Kansas Farm and Food assessment.

Now in its fourth year, the initiative will work in Southwest Kansas as its first regional focus. Understanding that each region and community of Kansas is unique, KRC’s next step is to zoom in to identify the regional systemic barriers, opportunities and the public policy or public action supports needed to advance local food systems as a solution to making healthful foods the easy, affordable choice for Kansans.

To attend the summits, please register at https://kansasruralcenter.org/feedingswks/. There is no cost to attend. Each summit will kick off with a lunch.

For questions about this initiative or upcoming summits, contact Natalie Fullerton at nfullerton@kansasruralcenter.org or (866) 579-5469.

For more information, visit www.kansasruralcenter.org.

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