In response to both COVID-19 and ongoing food access challenges, Food Hubs provide families with food when they need it. Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet, and can be hard to access for some families.
Specialty equipment for farming and processing can be hard to access for small farmers. Food Hubs maintain this equipment on site or even loan some out to their farmers!
Aggregation and Distribution
Food Hubs can purchase crops from individual farmers, package them, and distribute them to the community. This can be done as a CSA, a wholesaling contract, or to a market!
As physical spaces, Food Hubs can be used for cleaning and processing produce. This allows farmers to access wholesale markets, like schools, that want pre-prepared produce.
Food Hubs work to empower their local farmers in many ways, from education to facilitated networking. They can serve as knowledge banks and bridges to new opportunities.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)/Veggie Boxes are a popular way Food Hubs distribute produce to families. Whether a subscription or purchased one at a time, it gives households a way to support local food.
Your local Food Hub promotes and advertises for farmers to wholesale markets and families. Sharing on websites and within social networks helps farmers reach new markets.
Some Food Hubs partner with local healthcare providers to run a produce prescription program. Doctors can refer patients to receive produce that supports their health needs.
Food Hubs envision a robust local food system that uplifts and empowers small farmers. They work to achieve this vision through storytelling, policy advocacy, and more.