North Central Kansas Food Council

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The North Central Kansas Food Council was established in 2017 and is made up of a diverse group of public and private stakeholders in a collaborative effort to advocate for enhanced quality of life for residents through sustainable access to regionally produced food. It was formed as an initiative of the North Central Regional Planning Commission and Live Well Saline County. The NCRPC is the project sponsor. The North Central Kansas Food Council encompasses all 12 counties in the NCRPC primary service area including Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington.

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.

image of promotion for NCK Food Council Regional Grower/Producer DirectoryNorth Central Kansas Local Foods Directory

The North Central Kansas Food Council is currently developing a regional directory of growers/producers to highlight local businesses and better connect local food products and consumers. This includes direct sale, CSA, local markets, and processors.

If you are interested in promoting your business, please complete the short form linked below. For questions, please contact nckfc@nckcn.com.

Click to get listed in the NCK Local Foods Directory

 

Form link – https://bit.ly/37UbVYB

Regional Food System Assessment

Healthy and robust community food systems help to support and sustain healthy communities and strong local economies. In 2017-2018 the North Central Kansas Food Council contracted with an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the North Central Kansas regional food system to better understand current strengths and gaps. The North Central Kansas Regional Food System Assessment summarizes those results. Reports were also prepared for each of the 12 counties in the North Central Kansas Food Council.

Click to view the county assessments.

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:
Vacant

Michelle Lipker – Clay County
Local Grower

Atalie Tompkins – Dickinson County
KSU Extension Agent; SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator

Jessica Kootz – Ellsworth County
Midway District Extension Agent; Family & Consumer Sciences

Kerianne Ehrlich – Ellsworth County
Ellsworth County Health Department; RN

Ashley Svaty – Lincoln County
Post Rock Extension District Agent; Nutrition, Food Safety & Health

Greg Renter – Mitchell County
NCK Aware

Leah Robinson – Ottawa County
Central Kansas Extension District Agent; Nutrition, Food Safety, & Health

Luke Mahin – Republic County
Republic County Economic Development

Vacant:

Cloud County
Jewell County
Washington County

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.

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.

The North Central Regional Planning Commission can be reached at 785-738-2218.

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