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Better by Bus: Ways to Improve Grocery Shopping by Bus in the Kansas City Metro



Between 2016 and 2018, KC Healthy Kids and participants in the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition took a close look at the barriers and challenges riders face when grocery shopping by bus.

We talked to more than 360 metro residents about what it’s like for them to use the RideKC bus to buy groceries. Riders were surveyed at bus stops and by partner agencies providing direct services to low-income residents.

We also conducted focus group studies and ride-along interviews and evaluated 44 bus stops that are close to 21 grocery stores in under-resourced neighborhoods in KCK and KCMO.

“Better by Bus” highlights key results and outlines the steps policy makers, grocers and community members can take to make it easier.

Funding for this project was provided by H&R Block Foundation and Health Forward Foundation. Special thanks to Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and UG Transit.

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