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  • 1. Today’s Roadmap Policy Tools for Welcome Saving the Small Rural grocery challenges Town Grocery Store Policies for sustainable rurall grocery Engaging rural residents and policymakers David Procter, Kansas State University Hannah Burton Laurison, Public Health Law & Policy Sharon Thornberry, Oregon Food Bank May 21, 2011 Portland, OR This powerpoint was developed by PHLP for viewing & educational purposes only. © PHLP 2010What are the challenges faced by ruralgrocers? • Why you are interested in today’s topic? Overview • In your community, what makes it difficult for small grocers to remain economically viable? Economically Sustainable, Healthy Rural Grocery Stores 1
  • 2. The Rural Grocery Initiative Center for Engagement and Kansas State University Community Development Mission: CECD was created in 2006 to promote engagement across the breadth of David Procter, Director Kansas State University - in teaching, Center for Engagement and Community Development Kansas State University research, and outreach - and to connect Manhattan, Kansas 66506 the resources and expertise of K-State to the significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide. (785) 532-6868 The Public Need Food Access:• Economic Development: Improving Food Availability – Rural grocery stores provide significant economic benefit Many rural citizens live within to rural towns food deserts• Community – “an area in U.S. with limited Sustainability: access to affordable and – Rural grocery stores serve nutritious food,” (U.S. Farm important civic, social, Bill definition) recruiting needs – “large and isolated geographic areas where• Food Access: mainstream grocery stores – Rural grocery stores provide are absent or distant.” citizens best access to ( nutritious food 2
  • 3. Addressing Issues of Food Access: National Map of Food Deserts Kansas Food Desert Facts • 40% of Kansas counties are rated as severe food deserts (Morton & Blanchard, 2007) • 51% of Kansas communities lack a grocery store (CECD, 2010) • 7 Kansas counties lack even one grocery store (USDA Food Atlas, 2008) • Since 2007, 87 rural grocery stores have closed in Kansas (CECD, 2011) Our Rural Grocery Initiative Identifying Grocer Challenges Goals• Identify challenges facing rural grocery stores (2,500 • Surveyed 213 KS rural grocers or less) (86 responded) – View complete survey and• Develop responses to results at: those challenges• Identify sustainable • Hosted 2008; 2010 Rural Grocer business models of grocer Summit (Over 300 participants) operation • Interviewed numerous grocers• Develop information • From this data collection, we network for rural grocers identified: – Challenges faced – Best practices 3
  • 4. Responding to Rural Grocer Challenges Grocer Challenges 80 70 1. Competing with big box stores 60 2. Coping with high 50 energy costs 40 3. Meeting minimum 30 buying requirements 20 4. Managing labor 10 issues 0 5. Securing community Big Box Op. Labor Regs Support Sales Buying support Costs Volume Req 6. Finding the right ownership model Challenge: Securing Community Support Challenge: Meeting Minimum Buying RequirementBest Practices: Best Practices:• The power of community • Identifying and support facilitating grocery – Walsh, CO collaborations• Processes of building • Facilitating food re- community support distribution centers – Community dialogue • Looking for ways to • Rural Grocery Dialogues increase food sales • Community FEAST • Mapping food – Effective grocery store distribution lines operations – “Buy Local” education 4
  • 5. Challenge: Finding the Right Web Resource for Rural Grocers Ownership Model – Best practicesBest Practices: – Food suppliers / food networks• Community owned / Co-ops – Gove, KS; Walsh, CO – Latest research• Public / private partnerships – Inspirational stories / videos – St. Paul, KS – Rural grocery news – Duckworth v. City of Kansas City, 758 P. 2d 201 - Kan: Supreme Court 1988 – grocer forum• School-based enterprise – Funding opportunities – Leeton, MO• Sole proprietorships – Little River, KS; Jetmore, KS Thank You David Procter, Director Center for Engagement & The Tools Community Development Kansas State University (785) 532-6868 How can public policies support small grocers? 5
  • 6. PHLP works to improve community health by market forces + public policy = supporting public health leaders. “food landscape” PHLP does this by providing sophisticated legal and policy tools for use in everyday practice.What do we mean by policy? Local Zoning Economic Development Local Policy Tools Transportation State and Federal Grants Loans Nutrition Assistance Programs 6
  • 7. LAND ASSEMBLYBurlington, VTPhoto Credit: Churchstreetmarket Flickr Creative Commons ZONING Watsonville, CA Photo Credit: Michael Patrick Flickr Creative Commons Condition neighborhood markets (convenience stores) at the time of development review to incorporate the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables. TRANSPORTATION Alberta, VA WATSONVILLE, CA Photo Credit: Taberandrew through Flickr Creative Commons 7
  • 8. State Food Policy Tools LOW COST LOANSGRANTS Norman, OKGettysburg, PA Photo Credit: unsure shot through Flickr Creative Commons 8
  • 9. Federal Food Policy Tools RURAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GRANT Cody, NE Photo Credit: Kathy Starkweather, Center for Rural AffairsRBEG Rural Energy for America ProgramSanderson, TX Elkton, SDPhoto Credit: USDA Rural Development Photo Credit: 9
  • 10. Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Dixon, NM Photo Credit: Santa Fe New Mexican FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS Martinsburg, WV Photo Credit: are some challenges to leveraging strategies forpublic policy for small grocers? rural grocery store policy Cost Get to know your local economic development partners Political will (aka Share data “business as usual”) Target economic development resources Legal barriers Match the right strategy to your goals Implementation 10
  • 11. Thank you! Hannah Burton Laurison www.healthycornerstores.orgResources They have always been here!!! Action Engaging Residents and Policymakers in Rural Grocery Stores 11
  • 12. How hard can it be??? What are the Challenges?? Stocking the shelves Competitive pricing/advertising Rising operating costs, insurance, maintenance, utilities…… “Government regulations” Individual & community buying habits Ownership burnoutFinding Solutions…… Community conversations Thank You! Building awareness Sharon Thornberry Educating policymakers Commitment > community businesses Harnessing community buying power Realistic expectations 12
  • 13. Discuss Contact us: David Procter How can you engage policymakers and local residents in supporting rural grocers? Hannah Burton Laurison What would work in your community? Sharon Thornberry 13