The statewide network for Kansas food and farm councils has a new name. Kansas Alliance for Wellness is now Kansas Food Action Network.
The name was chosen by council members and the network’s steering committee through conversations and reviews that took place over eight months.
This change more accurately reflects the councils’ new focus on policy and systems work to improve the health of Kansas communities.
Most recently, the network lobbied the Kansas legislature to end the Kansas state sales tax on groceries and celebrated the success of KC Healthy Kids’ work since 2014 to end the tax.
What isn’t changing is the commitment of the people who make up the councils.
“The people who make up Kansas’ food and farm councils are creative; they are resilient, pragmatic, boots-on-the-ground do-ers who are dedicated to making their food system work for everyone in their community.,” Miranda says. “They have to be! Most councils are entirely composed of volunteers, and rarely do they receive the thanks or recognition they deserve.”
With the name change comes a new logo design conveying the interconnectedness of the food system and the ripple effect of the councils’ efforts.
The American Heart Association coordinated the Kansas Alliance for Wellness since its inception in 2013 until 2019 when it passed the torch to KC Healthy Kids and Miranda Miller-Klugesherz became director of the program.
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