Board of Directors Welcome Two KCK Appointees

HNMA’s Executive Director, Rachel Jefferson, was recently appointed to the Board of Director’s for the MERC Co+op. The MERC is a cooperative grocery store that will be opening a new location in downtown KCK. Appointing two members of KCK will help to raise the voices of the community in the planning and decision-making process of the new grocery store.

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Rachel Jefferson
Watch HNMA's Executive Director, Rachel Jefferson, interviewed on From Our Neighborhood Up - Community Show.

The Unified Government has launched an interview series featuring local community leaders and project heads. Rachel Jefferson, HNMA's Executive Director, is interviewed in episode 5 - Boulevard Lofts. You can see her section starting at minuet 19:18. She discusses HNMA’s history, mission, and programs before diving into discussing the Boulevard Lofts. For more From Our Neighborhoods Up - Community Show episodes click here.

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Rachel Jefferson
In Kansas, Healthy Food for Healthier Communities

In 2012, Wyandotte County was ranked the unhealthiest in the state of Kansas. A lack of fresh, healthy food had contributed to a public health crisis, and as of today, one census tract in the area has the highest estimated rate of Type 2 diabetes in all of the state. Instead of waiting for a corporate grocery store to take notice of food insecurity here, local organizations—with help from designers—have put matters into the community’s hands by developing a plan for the Northeast Grocer Co-Op.

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Gary Bradley-Lopez