LITTLE RIVER – U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall on Wednesday toured the Garden of Eden grocery store in Little River on July 5, to learn more about the community’s efforts to upgrade the store’s facilities and keep the business as part of its downtown.

Store owners David and Debra Nelson led the congressman on a tour of the store, highlighting the upgrades to the cold storage, flooring and lighting as well as the many Kansas made products for sale.

Following the tour, the congressman met with community leaders, including Mayor Don Teeters, City Councilman John Tietjens, and others who helped secure grant funds including, John Wempe and Kipp Cordell.

He also met with David Procter, director of the center for engagement and community development and the rural grocery initiative at Kansas State University, to learn about how the university is supporting rural grocery stores and helping communities preserve their local providers.

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Marshall understands the importance of access to affordable and nutritious food.

“Grocery stores are the backbone of many rural communities, and are essential in providing residents access to affordable and healthy food choices,” Marshall said. “I applaud the community of Little River for their innovative and effective approach to supporting and preserving their store and community.”