Kansans are encouraged to attend the upcoming “Voting for the Future: Dinner & Dialogue” forums, a free dinner and program organized by the Kansas Rural Center.

The forums will take place Aug. 14 at the Heaton Building, 107 S. State Street in Norton, and Aug. 15 at the Senior Center, 221 S. Main Street in Cimarron.

At both events, a complementary dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients will be available starting at 5 p.m., with the program following.

Along with others, Scott Sproul, executive director of the Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, will help share at the Norton forum various local and regional level efforts to strengthen community access to food, resources for farmers and other critical efforts.

In Cimarron, Kendal Carswell with Kearny County Hospital and Lona DuVall with Finney County Economic Development are among those working locally to address regional challenges like food access and engaging the immigrant and migrant communities and will be on hand to share their efforts.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required no later than Friday. To register, visit https://kansasruralcenter.org/community-food-solutions-civic-agriculture-for-civic-health/voting-for-the-future-dinner-and-dialogue/ or contact Caryl Hale at chale@kansasruralcenter.org or call (866) 579-5469.