May 11, 2020
Even during normal times, residents in rural communities across Kansas often struggle to find a reliable and safe source of food nearby. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19 has made that struggle greater. David Procter, the director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University, has studied the importance of grocery stores to rural communities. He says they are often a barometer of the economy in small towns. In response to COVID-19, many rural grocery stores adjusted their operations. Procter says the changes may become permanent if sales increase and consumer demand remains strong.
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