Healthy Food For All

The LiveWell Healthy Food For All Work Group supports policy and system changes to enhance access to healthy foods in Douglas County. The work group welcomes participation from a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in and affected by food insecurity in Douglas County.

We all know that having a nutritious diet promotes health and prevents disease. Evidence suggests, however, that very few Douglas County residents are able to eat an optimal diet. Fewer than 1 in 5 residents, regularly consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables. The reason? For many, the answer is affordability and availability. We’re working to change that through collaboration with local food pantries, grocery stories, restaurants, schools, local food growers and businesses. We want to develop systems that make fresh, healthy food more accessible to families.

To get involved, fill out the form here.


Work Group Leadership


  • Chair: Kelsey Fortin, KU Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Science
  • Chair-elect: Helen Schnoes, Douglas County
  • Past chair: Christina Holt, KU Work Group for Community Health and Development
  • Communications coordinator: Gwen GeigerWolfe, Lawrence Public Library
  1. City, county adopt Food System Plan

    The Douglas County Food System Plan recently was adopted by the Douglas County Commission and Lawrence City Commission. Read on...
  2. Just Food launches kitchen supply pantry

    Just Food recently launched Pots and Pan-try, a kitchen supply pantry. Read on...
  3. Heartland adds commercial refrigerator

    Heartland Community Health Center recently added a commercial glass two-door refrigerator to its food pantry, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant. Read on...
  4. Douglas County wins KAW award

    Congrats to Douglas County for receiving the Community Health Champion award from the Kansas Alliance for Wellness! Read on...
  5. Extension office to offer cooking classes

    K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County will offer hands-on cooking classes on how to prepare quick and easy healthy meals. Read on...
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