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Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations – Preliminary Findings from a National Survey of Regional Food Hubs

In partnership with the National Association of Produce Market Managers, the Wallace Center at Winrock International, and the Project for Public Spaces, the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Subcommittee on Food Hubs has identified over 100 operational food hubs in the country and has conducted in depth analysis of over 70 operational food hubs. Preliminary survey results of this research indicate:

• Over 100 food hubs are in operation around the country, with large clusters of food hubs in the Midwest and Northeast.
• Average food hub sales are nearly $1 million annually.
• On average, each food hub creates 13 jobs.
• The median number of small and midsize suppliers served by an individual food hub is 40.
• Almost all food hubs offer fresh produce and the majority offer dairy and protein products as well.
• Nearly 40 percent of food hubs surveyed were started by entrepreneurial producers, nonprofits, volunteer organizations, producer groups, or other organizations looking to build a strong distribution and aggregation infrastructure for small and midsize producers.
• Over 40 percent of existing food hubs are specifically working in "food deserts" to increase access to fresh, healthful and local products in communities underserved by full-service food retail outlets.

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Author / Presenter
Jim Barham
Date published
April 01, 2011
Publisher / Host
Washington, DC: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
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