12. Food Hubs

A food hub is defined by the USDA, as “a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distributions, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.”
Food hubs benefit farmers by connecting them with additional (and sometimes larger) markets and providing services like collective marketing, accounting, sales, and education. Food hubs can help get local food into underserved areas, as well as assist in gleaning activities to benefit food pantries, increasing access to fresh healthy foods.  Food hubs strengthen local economies by creating jobs and new economic opportunities for farmers. They are convenient for both farmers and consumers, allowing for a one-stop-shop (consumers) or one-stop-drop (farmers). Food hubs can strengthen food security by supporting local food systems and providing enhanced sales opportunities for specialty crop producers.

Food Hub popularity is gaining momentum in Alaska, with many communities exploring creating their own place-based models. Here’s a collection of resources curated by the Alaska Food Hubs Working Group, a collaborative project of the Alaska Food Policy Council:

Alaska Food Hub Working Group
Food Safety & Operations Best Practices


Table of contents:

  • Introduction to the Alaska Food Hub Working Group
  • Getting Your Food Hub Started
    • Transportation considerations for food hubs
    • Equity Programs to Consider
    • Model policies and procedures for Food Hubs
    • Operational Forms, Policy, and Guides
    • Aggregation location considerations
  • Food Safety
  • Education & Training for Food Hubs

 

Alaska Food Hub Recommendations Report. 2024

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