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Sundays at 5pmRebroadcast Mondays at 8pm Host: Susan B. Wilson Producer & Co-Host: Sylvia Maria Gross Assistant Producer: Alex Smith Contact: kccurrents@kcur.org or 816.235.6696Follow our Tweets: www.twitter.com/kccurrents For a weekly reminder of what's coming up on KC Currents, send an email to kccurrents@kcur.orgThe Latest From KC CurrentsPlanting New Grocery Stores In Rural Food Deserts Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Fewer people are living in the countryside, and mom-and-pop markets can't compete with big chains. But as KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways to buck the trend. K-State Program Supports Rural Groceries With grocery stores in rural Kansas closing at record speed, having access to healthy food is a growing issue. Sylvia Maria Gross interviews K-State Professor David Proctor about what options are available for small town groceries.

Links: African American Women's Philanthropy Club

By Sylvia Maria Gross

Kansas City, MO – Links, Incorporated was founded 60 years ago by two young African American women in Philadelphia who wanted to bring together a small group of friends to contribute to the life of their community. Similar groups spread around the country; they were small clubs dedicated to charitable giving. A Kansas City chapter was founded in 1951; there's now two groups in the area. Shelley McThomas-Bryant and Nancy Butler are both members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Links. McThomas-Bryant says there used to be an air of secrecy about the organization.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter of Links holds a fundraiser this Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It will include a silent auction and a fashion show, featuring former America's Top Model Contestant Furonda Brasfield.

Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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