North Central Kansas Food Council

North Central Kansas Food Council Logo The North Central Kansas Food Council is made up of a diverse group of public and private stakeholders in a collaborative effort to advocate for enhanced quality of life for all residents through sustainable access to regionally produced food options, economic opportunity, and educational resources.  The group met for the first time in February 2017 and encompasses all 12 counties in the NCRPC primary service area including Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington.

2018 Community Food Survey

The North Central Kansas Food Council is currently seeking input about local foods in the 12-county region (including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington.) If you currently live in one of these counties, we invite you to take a 20-question survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback is very valuable.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCKFCSurvey or click here to take the survey now.

Paper copies of the survey will also be available in many cities in the region. Common locations for paper surveys will be at city halls, county courthouses, libraries, county extension offices and more. We will do our best to keep paper surveys replenished as needed. Look for our flyer and collection envelopes around your town!

The survey ends July 31. Thanks for taking the time to help support local foods!

Mission

The mission of the Council is to advocate for enhanced quality of life for all residents through sustainable access to regional produced food options, economic opportunity, and educational resources.

Team

Chair:
Brenda Gutierrez – Saline County
Live Well Saline County/Salina Area United Way

Vice Chair:
Ellen Barber – Marshall County

Marshall County Partnership for Growth

Secretary/Treasurer:
Jennifer Simmelink – Jewell County

Farmer/Rancher

Aaron Floresch – Clay County
Ray’s Apple Market
Brad and Jandee Pyle – Clay County
Pyle Chiropractic
Loren Swenson – Cloud County
Prairie Produce
Renae Riedy – Dickinson County
Dickinson County Extension; Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Jamie Rathbun – Ellsworth County
Midway Extension District; Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Ashley Svaty – Lincoln/Ellsworth County
Post Rock Extension District; Nutrition, Food Safety & Health Agent
Gaylene Zier – Lincoln County
Lincoln County Health Department
Greg Renter – Mitchell County
NCK Aware
Leah Robinson – Ottawa County
Central Kansas Extension District; Nutrition, Food Safety, & Health Agent
Luke Mahin – Republic County
Republic County Economic Development
Twilya L’Ecuyer – Washington County
Grower/Producer

Objectives

  • Increase access to affordable, nutritious and safe food;
  • Enhance economic development and strengthen local food systems;
  • Bring stakeholders together and provide mechanisms for seeking advice and expertise;
  • Effect improvement in the health and well-being of all residents;
  • Encourage means for small business expansion and or development;
  • Partner with existing programs in North Central Kansas and state food policy organizations;
  • Facilitate educational opportunities;
  • Establish an online presence to educate and connect stakeholders;
  • Assess and prioritize the needs of the local food system.

Partners

The North Central Kansas Food Council was formed as an initiative of Live Well Saline County and the North Central Regional Planning (NCRPC) and is supported by Advancing Rural Prosperity, Inc. (ARPI) through its joint partnership with the NCRPC to advance food system development in North Central Kansas. Live Well Saline County is dedicated to improving health and wellness for Saline County, Kansas. The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. ARPI, a major contributor in establishing and growing the regional food system in Northwest Kansas, brings that expertise to the central region of the state.

The Council also wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Missty Lechner from the American Heart Association and the Kansas Alliance for Wellness.

Resources

Maps

This map of Kansas Food and Farm Councils is provided courtesy of the Kansas Alliance for Wellness.

Map of Kansas Food and Farm Councils

Presentations

Click here to view a presentation from the Kansas Rural Center 2017 Food and Farm Conference.

Presentation from the Kansas Rural Center 2017 Food and Farm Conference

Contact

For more information, visit the NCK Food Council Facebook page or contact Emily Benedick, NCRPC Community Development Representative.
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