Should the Caney community reinvest in its economic wellbeing and the health of citizens, both young and old? Please take a moment to read and consider the real facts about a proposed grocery store in Caney. Your opinion is important!
- The City of Caney has been working to re-establish a grocery store to serve Caney and the surrounding area. A 2015 Market Study indicates a full-service grocery store can work but for private investment would, at best, produce marginal return on investment.
- Caney has been designated a USDA Food Desert due to lack of access to fresh meat and fresh produce. The Kansas Health Foundation, through the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative, is committed to supporting efforts to improve food access in rural areas of Kansas and has committed $4.2 million toward this goal. The program will not provide all the funding needed but would provide technical assistance and limited “gap” financing. Caney applied for assistance from the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative program and has successfully advanced to the final round which is “how do we finance a full-service grocery store in Caney?”
- The Caney Community Betterment Group wants to raise $35,000 for the purchase of the former Consumer’s Market/Good News building outright, which will demonstrate the community’s commitment to a grocery store to potential outside funding sources.
- Funding sources for additional costs to return the building to an operational grocery store have yet to be determined but could come from grants and loans from multiple organizations. Volunteers to renovate the structure will be a critical element of the rehabilitation project.
- The grocery store will be operated by a professional manager and potentially provide four full-time and 12 part-time new jobs.
- As outlined in the Market Survey, the service area has a projected population of 3,410 people. Estimated monthly costs will require an average commitment of $38 per person per week to make the store successful. The goal is to provide high quality products at the lowest possible price.Please indicate your response to returning a full-service grocery store in Caney:
____I believe a local full-service grocery store is an important element of a local economy and will support the store if it is re-established with high quality products at the lowest possible price.
____I do not support bringing a full-service grocery store back to the Caney community.
____I wish to help with the purchase of the proposed site and am including a monetary donation in the amount of $__________.
Non-refundable donations should be payable to Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas*, and mailed to: Caney Community Betterment Group, PO Box 153, Caney, KS 67333, or dropped off at Caney Family Dental, Caney Drug Pharmacy, LaForge Insurance, Community National Bank & Trust–Caney branch or City Hall. Please return your completed survey by June 15.
Follow this project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaneyCommunityBettermentGroupwhere information about participating in an online survey is forthcoming.
* Donations to CCBG are tax-deductible through our relationship with the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. If this project is not funded, donations will be used for another charitable purpose identified by CCBG.