Reno to conduct 12 county food survey

BELOIT – Emily Reno has joined the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) this summer to help conduct a regional food assessment in 12 counties of North Central Kansas. Her position is made possible through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and K-State Research and Extension Intern Program. 

The North Central Kansas Food Council (NCKFC) has launched a community food survey and is seeking public input about local foods. The survey is part of a broader regional food system assessment already in progress for a 12-county region in North Central Kansas.

Reno is highly involved with the community food survey  that will help determine local food trends in consumption and availability of health food choices. The survey is available online at: . She will also attend many community events throughout the region to encourage survey participation. 

Residents living in Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington Counties are invited to participate. The survey is available online at: . Within the next two weeks, paper copies will be available in many cities in the region. Common locations for paper surveys will be at city halls, county courthouses, libraries, county extension offices and more. The survey will end July 31. 

According to NCRPC Assistant Director Emily Benedick, the survey will help determine local food trends in consumption, availability of fresh food choices, and the current food system needs of each county and the region. 

“We hope residents in the region will take a few minutes to complete the survey either online or in their communities and ultimately help shape their local food system,” Benedick said. 

Participation in the survey will help the North Central Kansas Food Council determine future strategies for local foods in each county and the region. 

The North Central Kansas Food Council is committed to advocating for enhanced quality of life for all residents through sustainable access to regional produced food options, economic opportunity, and educational resources. The counties included are Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington. The North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) is the project sponsor.    

“We are pleased to have Emily Reno on board for an active summer of engagement in the region and appreciate her diligence with food systems work,” Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director, said. 

A Lawrence native, Reno graduated from the University of Kansas in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spanish. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Food Systems at the University of Minnesota. 

The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. Its primary service area includes 12 counties and 83 cities in North Central Kansas. For more information about the NCRPC, visit .

The North Central Kansas Food Council was formed in 2017 as an initiative of NCRPC and Live Well Saline County and is assisted by Advancing Rural Prosperity, Inc. (ARPI) through its joint partnership with the NCRPC to advance food system development in North Central Kansas. The Council is working in collaboration with consultants Kolia Souza and ARPI to complete the regional food system assessment. The assessment is made possible by funding contributions from local county community foundations, Live Well Saline County and Kansas Alliance for Wellness.    

For more information about the community food survey visit or contact Reno at . The survey ends July 31 and internship ends August 3. 


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