Community Food News

5 steps to help small town grocery stores

Grocery stores are a staple on rural main streets across the country. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, staple food items, and even cleaning supplies, toiletries, and over-the-counter medicine.

We’ve heard from a few communities who are seeking solutions on keeping their grocery stores vibrant. So, here are some steps to start the conversation.

1. Get folks together in a community meeting. Make sure everyone has a say and feels included. If people have invested time, money, and energy into a project, they will want it to succeed.

Nebraska digs to improve food security

Nebraskans spend $4.4 billion on food annually, but only 10 percent of that money is spent on food grown in the state, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Food Council.

Researchers tapped state and national data to create a comprehensive picture of the state's food system, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Omaha Nation is working hard to improve health and economic outlooks

The majority of people in the Omaha Nation express a desire for greater local access to fresh produce, according to a report released by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Omaha Nation community.

“Digging In: Supporting a Healthy, Sustainable Food Future in Omaha Nation,” examines the state of the food system on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska.

Community garden demonstrates another successful growing season in Santee

As another growing season comes to a close, residents of the small Native community of Santee are prepared to continue utilizing the knowledge they’ve gained over the summer.

Through assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College, the town has been a home to a community garden for members of the Santee Sioux Nation for the last few years.

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