Update 5/23/2022: Kansas Food Action Network is the statewide network for food and farm councils, formerly known as Kansas Alliance for Wellness.
KC Healthy Kids and the American Heart Association are thrilled to jointly announce a new chapter in food systems work in Kansas. The association has coordinated the Kansas Alliance for Wellness since its inception in 2013, working with coalitions and food and farm councils across the state to improve the health of Kansans. Effective January 1, 2020 the American Heart Association will pass the torch to KC Healthy Kids, which will become the new coordinating organization for the Kansas Alliance for Wellness. Here’s what each agency wants you to know about this transition:
We at the American Heart Association have truly enjoyed working with KAW partners and food and farm councils, and have learned alongside you.
We’ve realized that the work to transform our food system is much broader than just health policy—it includes agricultural policies, land use policies, institutional purchasing policies, economic development and more. That’s why we searched for an organization with proven advocacy expertise in all of the policy areas that food systems touch so that you can continue to make progress.
KC Healthy Kids is just that organization! They partner with communities and organizations to advance policies and environmental changes that improve access to affordable, fresh food and safe places to walk and play. In 2007 they began collaborating with farmers, consumers, health advocates, funders and numerous community groups to establish what would become the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition, and they have continued to do groundbreaking work in food systems policy at the local and state level.
Again, it’s been a real joy getting to work with you all to improve the health of our Kansas communities
Here at KC Healthy Kids, we’re eager to learn more about your goals and needs, and to share our experience and resources to support that work.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve helped shape local policies to support farmers markets, community gardens and grocery access, and state policies related to food security, local sourcing and the state sales tax on food. On a national level, we’ve rallied advocates to speak out for policies within the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation that will benefit our communities.
And now we can’t wait to get started working with you!
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