Many Food Hubs in North Carolina serve their communities in unique ways. Learn about how your local food hub is serving its community during COVID-19, and visit their website for more details.
Serving: Eastern NC
Based in Warrenton, NC, Working Landscapes has launched their Family Meals program to help people in the food service industry. Former restaurant employees are working to produce meals meals that have ingredients sourced from local farms and distribute them to schools. They are partnering with a local food pantry and other non-profits to prepare meals and distribute them regularly.
Feast Down East
Serving: Pender, New Hanover
Feast Down East has pivoted almost all programming from wholesaling to a CSA, which now reaches about 100 customers a week. Additionally, 7 local restaurants are purchasing local meat and produce.
Serving: Western NC
TRACTOR is partnering with a local food pantry to meet new and existing food access concerns in their community. They are also mobilizing local produce through their CSA, which has 100 full-cost customers and 220 subsidized customers.
Sandhills Ag Innovation Center
Serving: South Central NC
The SAIC has partnered with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to distribute 201 produce boxes a week. Additionally, they launched Richmond Fresh, a free veggie box program, in partnership with God's Garden. They are able to feed 40 food insecure community members through this program.
Foothills Food Hub
Serving: Foothills Region NC
McDowell County's 334 farms and regional farmers feed the foothills. Local food is in demand! Our farmers need more opportunities to sell their products and increase their markets.
Serving: Central NC
Farmer Foodshare has developed many partnerships in response to COVID-19, including HUSDA CFAP. Additionally, a partnership with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has resulted in about 280 boxes/week going to local restaurants.
They have come together with Cooperative Extension and local schools to create EatNC.org, which provides home grow kits and educational activities for kids to engage with food at home.
The Fresh Foods Fund Initiative helps connect donors to opportunities to enable fresh food to flow through organizations. These are financial donations made available to non-profits serving the community, who then buy wholesale local produce.
Men and Women United for Youth and Families
Serving: Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick
MWUYF is a vital resource for their community, serving as a food pantry, produce aggregator, youth leadership program, and more! They support a diverse group of local farmers by aggregating produce into CSA marketed to vacationers. Youth help organize and direct the CSA, including promoting health and safety protocols.
Foothills Farm & Art
Foothills Farm & Art is a *new* online marketplace that provides farmers and artisans in greater Burke County a convenient platform to list their products. Customers place their orders weekly and pick up at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church on Fridays. This initiative is an extension of St. Matthew's current food ministry, Open Hearts Bakery, and is the only church-led food hub initiative in the state.