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Food Hubs. Indiana Rural Summit: Local Foods. What is a "food hub"?. Actively manages the aggregation , distribution , and marketing of source-identified food products Primarily local and regional producers Satisfies wholesale, retail, and institutional demand for local foods

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Food hubs

Food Hubs

Indiana Rural Summit: Local Foods

What is a food hub
What is a "food hub"?

  • Actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products

  • Primarily local and regional producers

  • Satisfies wholesale, retail, and institutional demand for local foods


What is a food hub1
What is a "food hub"?

  • Focus on local

    Small- and medium-sized enterprises

  • Legal structure varies

    Privately owned / non-profit / cooperative / government-run

  • Operating structure varies

    Supply chain coordination/marketing/education / virtual – (buying club) / aggregation + production

What do food hubs do
What do food hubs do?

Increase market access for local and regional producers

  • Aggregation -> high volume and consistent supply

  • Relieve producers of marketing, processing, distribution tasks, etc.

  • Offer producer and consumer training and support services

  • Cooperation creates material efficiencies

What do food hubs do1
What do food hubs do?

Make sourcing local foods a real option on a larger scale

  • Single point of purchase

  • Economies of scale

  • Allow resellers to respond to demand

What do food hubs do2
What do food hubs do?

Leave a positive impact on communities

  • Quality food accessible to more people

  • Alleviate food deserts and food insecurity

  • Increased health & wellness

  • Increased awareness of benefits of local foods through education

  • Boost the local economy

  • Positive environmental impact



Food hubs in indiana
Food hubs in Indiana

  • Wabash Valley Food Hub – Terre Haute

  • Central Indiana Food Hub – Hancock Cnty

  • Green B.E.A.N. – Indy, Ft. Wayne, Muncie

  • Several in Chicagoland Area

  • Local Growers Guild – Bloomington

Across the nation
Across the Nation

  • More than 200 listed in USDA “working list” (outdated)

  • More and more popping up each week

  • Food Hub Networks developing (Great Lakes Food Hub Network)

  • Network of networks

Wabash valley food hub
Wabash Valley Food Hub


  • Indiana State University

  • Unbounded Possibilities

  • Rural-Urban Entrepreneurship Development Institute (RUEDI)

  • Local food network is one of four RUEDI focus areas

Wabash valley food hub1
Wabash Valley Food Hub

Activities to Date

Preliminary research

Advisory Committee formed

Awareness/excitement building

Preparing for stakeholder meetings & survey

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Wabash Valley Food Hub

Current Status

Strong informal support and enthusiasm

Focus on stakeholder engagement

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Wabash Valley Food Hub

Next Steps

Engage stakeholders!

Strengthen and diversify Advisory Committee

Compile survey data and make recommendations

Develop business plan and launch

Resources on food hubs
Resources on Food Hubs

  • Wallace Center – National Good Food Network

  • Crossroads Resource Center

  • USDA Food Hub website

  • Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Google it!


Jason Saavedra


J3 Concepts


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