Food Systems

The mission of the Food Systems Program at West Central is to increase food security for every individual, family, and community in the nine-county region through dynamic transformational work, and by creating and improving opportunity for growers, makers, and eaters.


  • Are you a farmer looking to expand your market? 
  • Are you interested in becoming a farmer? 
  • Are you concerned about access to healthy food? 
  • Would you like a garden workshop in your community? 
  • Are you a farmers market interested in expanding your customer base? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, email 

Business Assistance Programs:

Food & Ag Business

  • Local Food Promotion Program
  • Conservation Agriculture
  • Regional Food Systems Partnership


Food Pantry expansion
  • Food Pantries in Raymore and Appleton City
  • Over 1000 square feet food pantry storage
  • 888 Families Served
  • Healthy Shelves

Educational and Consumer Programs:

Good Food For All

 Double-Up Food Bucks
  • A collaborative project with Cultivate KC
  • FINI Funding
  • List of farmers markets participating in Double Up Food Bucks
    • Hickory County Farmers Market- Hermitage
    • Vernon County Farmers Market- Nevada
    • Warsaw Farmers Market – Warsaw
    • Cass County Farmers Market- Harrisonville
    • Greater Polk County Farmers Market- Bolivar       


Efforts to increase agricultural economic development in this region include:

  • Agritoursim
  • Expanding and creating markets for farmers
  • Micro lending for food related businesses
  • Farmland trust
  • Cooperatives
  • Value-added food businesses
  • Incubator kitchen programs
  • Farm worker development and training