October is National Farm to School Month! This fact sheet offers an overview of National Farm to School Month and ideas for celebrating and taking action in your community.
This report is a summary of contents from 25 interviews in Southern states focused on communities and individuals working on racial and food justice.
Learn more about Food Hubs, including challenges, strategies, resources, and success.
Recommendations of the Regional Food Hubs Task Force. In December 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo formed the New York State and New York City Regional Food Hub Task Force at the statewide Farm-to-Table Upstate-Downstate Agricultural Summit. The goal of the Upstate-Downstate Summit was to boost production and consumption of New York State fresh and value-added foods. The Task force explored tools to increase access to fresh food, by helping smaller producers to reach local downstate markets. The Task Force was charged with identifying capital investments and policy solutions that advance these goals. Based on its research and analysis, the Task Force recommends the development of a NYS-NYC Regional Food Hubs System, organized within a framework of physical and programmatic initiatives to be developed and implemented in partnership with local stakeholders.
A case study of healthy retail at Common Market in Philadelphia
In recent years, several surveys—including the 2013 National Food Hub Survey and the Food Hub Benchmarking Study—have collected data on U.S. food hubs. What seems to be lacking from the current research on food hubs is information on operations and “lessons learned” from those involved in starting and operating food hubs. To help fill this void, interviews were conducted with the leaders of 11 food hubs, using an open-ended, free-flowing format. This allowed for maximum flexibility during each interview and the ability to further capture the unique nature of each entity. The food hubs, located throughout the United States, represent a diversity of organization types, product offerings, operation structures, and missions.
This is an outline of a webinar from ReFED, an organization dedicate to reducing food waste, on how to use their Innovator Database in dealing with excess food. The tool tells you who in your area to connect with that will use excess food. Their policy finder also allows you to see various policies dealing with excess waste across the country, which you can propose to your own local governments.
This chapter, part of the larger Healthy Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners, focuses on Distribution. The chapter discusses the public health role in sourcing and distributing healthier foods for retail venues, including local or regional foods.
“Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment. The Toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs along with available data in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance.
This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Presenters share some of the best and worst decisions they made, including: what types of contacts they felt really helped their business to thrive; how much money they needed and where they got it; and others.