Wichita considers plan to encourage urban farming and reduce food insecurity

If there are three things Kansans like to do, it’s raise food, eat and make money. And the Wichita City Council was given an outline on Tuesday of a plan to make it easier for residents of the city to do all of the above.

The need is profound, said council member Becky Tuttle, who presented the plan to the council Tuesday and has been working on it since before she got in office two years ago.

A community hunger survey three years ago showed a fourth of the population of Wichita live in “food deserts,” low-income areas where it’s a mile or more to the nearest full-service grocery store. And it’s probably even worse now as grocery chains have consolidated and closed stores in lower-income neighborhoods.

But food insecurity goes well beyond bricks and mortar to issues of transportation and education, Tuttle said.

“There’s a strong interest in building a local food system in Wichita and in Sedgwick County, but we really need a road map to guide that work,” she said. “One thing I think the city of Wichita does exceptionally well is we develop plans.”

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