What are Food Hubs

Food Hub Infographic (UX Stout)

Food Hubs can provide the ‘missing local middleman’ in local food infrastructure.

Food hubs work directly with farmers to assist in the marketing and distribution of their products, making it easier for local businesses and communities to access fresh local food.

Food Hubs can do lots of things, but they usually focus first on coordinated marketing and distribution of local fresh produce. They put the pieces together so that farmers can jointly market to restaurants and food service, wholesale customers and institutions, or to households and businesses.

Food Hubs range in scale from volunteer-run buying groups using temporary spaces for receipt and packing of goods (like community or school halls, churches and garages) to permanent and well-established Hubs providing a variety of business, educational and/or food access services. Some have no staff and are purely run by volunteers or coop members, others are significant employers. See here and explore the Case Studies for diverse examples of Food Hubs. If you run a Food Hub and would like to have information about your project on this website, contact us.

The Resource section contains lots of information, guidelines, feasibility studies and evaluations so that we can all learn from those that have gone before. Many of the larger and well-established operations still started small, in the corner of a Farmers’ Market or in someone’s spare room – so don’t be intimidated, if you think your community needs something like this, just start where you are. If you want to talk to someone about it, you can either contact us or find a member of the AFHN near you.

Many more resources on the development and operation of Food Hubs internationally are available on the National Good Food Network’s Food Hubs Information page.

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