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Today, more than 400,000 individuals living in the Kansas City metro area live in food deserts, defined as an area that lacks reasonable access to food. In many low-income areas of Kansas City, neighborhoods can be three miles or more from the nearest grocery store – creating a significant barrier for community members. Since 2018, Kanbe’s Markets has worked tirelessly to provide convenient access to fresh, nutritious food to more than 250,000 Kansas City food-insecure residents. Using an innovative delivery model, the organization partners with locally owned convenience stores, gas stations, and corner bodegas to sell affordable fruits and vegetables.

“At Kanbe’s Markets, we know that food has the power to impact lives in a lasting way,” shared Maxfield Kaniger, CEO of Kanbe’s Markets. “With the WellSky Foundation’s generous support, we can grow our partnerships across Kansas City and address food insecurity in a way that hasn’t been done before. Empowering vulnerable populations with healthy, nutritious food options helps create stronger, healthier communities, and we’re thrilled to expand across Kansas City and beyond.”

With more than 43 Healthy Corner Store locations to date, Kanbe’s Markets is making an undeniable impact in the community. Since 2022, the organization has redirected 825,798 pounds of produce, reducing waste by keeping fresh fruits and vegetables out of landfills and in the hands of those who need them most.

“The WellSky Foundation remains committed to building thriving communities that enable the lasting health of all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status,” said Brett Fuller, executive director, WellSky Foundation. “In meeting with the Kanbe’s Markets team, it became obvious they have a bold vision for creating an equitable future where food justice is a reality for all. The WellSky Foundation is proud to be a part of Kanbe’s journey as they create healthier, more resilient, and more inclusive communities.”