Kansas Governor Laura Kelly made a stop at Wichita’s oldest urban farm during her Prosperity on the Plains Tour. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she continued her Prosperity on the Plains tour on Saturday, Sept. 3, with a visit to the Pearson Family Farms - the first, largest, and oldest urban farm in the Wichita area - and Common Ground Mobile Market.
“Ensuring all Kansans can afford healthy food is a priority for my administration. It’s why I axed the food tax and why I continue to support local farmers and markets like Common Ground,” Gov. Kelly said. “It was a pleasure to distribute food to Wichita families at Common Ground today and help carry out its mission that ‘all are fed, and no one is hungry.’”
Kelly noted that Common Ground Producers and Growers started with the purchase of a 40-acre farm in 1968 - the Pearson Family Farm. In 2014, she said Donna Pearson McClish started the Common Ground Mobile Market and Mobile Food Hub hoping to address food insecurity and bring quality producers to low-income residents.
On the tour, Kelly said she participated in food distribution services. She said attendees use senior market vouchers or SNAP/EBT cards to buy fresh produce from the market. She said the market is a member of the Double-Up Food Bucks program, which doubles the purchasing power of SNAP/EBT benefits to $25 per day when used on fresh produce.
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