Healthy Food For All

Healthy Food For All

The LiveWell Healthy Food For All Work Group supports policy and system changes to enhance access to healthy foods in Douglas County. The work group welcomes participation from a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in and affected by food insecurity in Douglas County. To get involved, please contact us at or (785) 843-3060.

We all know that having a nutritious diet promotes health and prevents disease. Evidence suggests, however, that very few Douglas County residents are able to eat an optimal diet. Less than 1 in 5 residents, regularly consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables. The reason? For many, the answer is affordability and availability. We’re working to change that through collaboration with local food pantries, grocery stories, restaurants, schools, local food growers and businesses. We want to develop systems that make fresh, healthy food more accessible to families.

Work Group Strategy and Opportunities*

Strategy: Enhance access to healthy food for low-income families.
Opportunities for Community Action
  1. Establish waste minimizing practices and policies with supermarkets, restaurants, cafeterias, schools, hospitals and any other large feeding institutions, restaurants and stores by supplying excess to food banks serving Douglas County (for low-income families)
  2. Implement a choice-based system with whole foods incentivized in local food banks/ pantries and assure availability of healthy food choices
  3. Establish satellite food pantry locations to provide access to whole foods for low-income families
  4. Establish a system that engages low-income families as food growers and small business operators
  5. Enhance the capacity of the food system to handle large-scale donations (e.g., storage, transportation)
  6. Establish new opportunities to purchase fresh produce in North Lawrence and other parts of Douglas County with limited options, including farmer’s markets, integration into existing retail options, or opening corner stores
  7. Implement environmental changes (e.g., moving bus stops closer) that make access to local food banks/ pantries and farmers’ markets easier
  8. Establish case management and outreach enrollment at local food pantries and schools that links and enrolls people to SNAP and food stamps programs

*Strategy and Opportunities for Community Action identified in the Douglas County Community Health Plan.


Douglas County food bank

City of Lawrence’s Common Ground Community Garden program

Douglas County Food Policy Council

Healthy Food For All Shared Documents

Work Group members

Raven Naramore, Chair, Community volunteer
Norm White, Chair-elect, Kansas Department for Children and Families
Christina Holt, Past-chair, KU Work Group for Community Health and Development
Steve Lopes, Communications Coordinator, Community volunteer
Ali Edwards, North Lawrence grocery project
Amanda Schwegler, KU Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Amelia Rodrock, Optimal Living / Rodrick Chiropractic – Lawrence
Bob Lominska, Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance / Hoyland Farm
Chuck Sepers, KU Work Group for Community Health and Development
Connie Detweiler, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County
Cyndi Treaster, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Dave Crawford, Downtown Grocery Project
Eileen Horn, Douglas County and the City of Lawrence
Elizabeth Keever, Just Food
Emily Hampton, Sunrise Project
Haley Harrington, Health Care Access Clinic
Jeremy Farmer, Just Food
Jessica Beeson, KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Jessica Kejr, Harvesters – The Community Food Network
Jo Ellis, City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation
Mary Jane Hoffer, Lecompton United Methodist Church / Lecompton City Council
Matt Schwabauer, Ecumenical Campus Ministries
Melissa Freiburger, Sunrise Project
Melody Henning, KU Office of Multicultural Affairs
Nancy Thellman, Douglas County Commission
Nina Trummel, Community volunteer
Patty Metzler, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Paula Murrish, Lawrence Public Schools (USD497)
Quentin Cole, North Lawrence grocery project
Rick Martin, Limestone Pizza / Douglas County Food Policy Council / Homegrown Lawrence
Shana Talley, Lawrence Public Schools (USD497)
Sharla Flakus, Eudora Public Schools (USD 491)
Shelley Paul, Harvesters—The Community Food Network
Tresa Carter, Douglas County
Verdell Taylor, St. Luke AME Church / Lawrence Memorial Hospital / Christian Psychological Services

Last updated: 3/30/2015

LiveWell Lawrence works to make it easier for Douglas County, Kansas, residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free.

Contact information:

200 Maine St., Suite B
Lawrence, KS. 66044
Phone: (785) 843-3060

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