Cultivating Community Health
Flint Hills Wellness Coalition
Flint Hills Wellness Coalition
Cultivating Community Health

Food and Farm Council

The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan will be accepting applications for membership in October 2017. Check back soon for more information.

The Riley County Food System — How we produce, buy, eat and throw away food in Riley County impacts our economy, our health, our environment and our local culture.

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What do we know about the Riley County Food System?

A food system includes all activities that involve the production, processing, distribution and transporting, and consumption of food. In addition, external factors, such as policies, climate and natural resources, funding, cultural traditions, and education may influence a local food system.

In the Riley County food system:
  • There are more than 1,400 jobs related to food, food production and agriculture, and these sectors generate $159 Million in economic impact annually.
  • In 2012, there were 493 farms operating on 218,180 acres in Riley County, and which sold products valued at $54 million.
  • Fruit and vegetable production accounted for only 69 acres of cropland, less than 0.1% of all cropland.
  • The average age of Riley County farmers was 57.2 years in 2012.
  • In 2012, the average net income of Riley County farms was $11,996; 41% of farms had net losses. 31% of Riley county farms had sales of less than $5,000.
  • Riley County residents spend $171 million annually on food.
  • In 2015, 6 census tracts in Riley County were 'food deserts.' 30,085 Riley County residents lived in those census tracts.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 (23%) Riley County residents eat vegetables less than one time each day; 42.5% eat fruit less than once per day.
  • More than 1 in 6 (18.5%) Riley County households struggle just to get enough food.
  • An estimated 21 million pound of food is wasted annually in Riley County households.
For more detailed information about the Riley County Food System, see the full Riley County Food System Assessment report.

Riley County Food System Highlights- 9/28/17 Presentation
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