Nonprofit Food Hub
We are a charitable organization, reinvesting all income and energy into our mission of community wellness through local food.
Our mission is to reinvigorate our community around a restorative local food system through community outreach, increasing food access, and promoting economic and environmental viability.
This mission feeds everything we do, from the ground up.
Our trunk, propping us up, is our community outreach and educational commitment. This includes our work with local schools, community gatherings, and full transparency of our process and progress.
What is a Food Hub
Food hubs can take on a variety of business and legal structures. We landed on the nonprofit structure due to our commitment to community and education. While food hubs can tend to focus on the aggregation and distribution of local foods, we emphasize education, community engagement, and relationship building within the local food network.
The defining characteristics of a regional food hub from the USDAMF Regional Food Hub Resource Guide:
Coordinates the aggregation, distribution, marketing of primarily locally/regionally produced foods from multiple producers to multiple markets.
Considers producers to be valued business partners instead of interchangeable suppliers and is committed to buying from small to midsize local producers when possible.
Works closely with producers, particularly small-scale operations to ensure they can meet buyer requirements by either providing technical assistance or finding partners that can provide this technical assistance.
Uses product differentiation strategies to ensure that producers get a good price for their products, such as identity preservation, group branding, and sustainable production practices.
Aims to be financially viable while also having positive economic, social and environmental impacts within its communities.