The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than 18,000 people living in Wyandotte County have poor access to food and are living in “food deserts.”
According to a report by the University of Kansas, about 55 percent of Kansas City, Kansas, residents in a recent study said they lacked access to sidewalks or trails in their neighborhood.
Now a KU Department of Architecture program involving faculty and students has received several grants to help Wyandotte citizens achieve greater access to healthy food and exercise.
KU’s Connecting the Dottes program now has received a $140,500 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City that includes matching funds from other institutions. And the Wyandotte Health Foundation has approved a $25,000 grant, to the program.