A national survey of food hubs, conducted in 2013, 2015, and 2017 by CRFS in collaboration with the Wallace Center, representing one of the most comprehensive data sets on food hub operations to date.

National Food Hub Survey

Food hubs are businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products.  


Project Overview

In 2013, 2015, and 2017, CRFS and the Wallace Center at Winrock International conducted the National Food Hub Survey to identify economic growth trends for food hubs across the nation and monitor changes in services offered and the variety of customers served.

Researchers also sought to:

  • Help shape national understanding of food hubs and informing future policy and program initiatives
  • Gain greater exposure for food hubs nationally
  • Inform new potential relationships between food hubs and investors, grant makers and other food hubs looking to find success. 

The core concepts revealed by the 2017 findings include:

  • Food hubs contribute to the economy
  • Food hubs are becoming an established sector
  • Food hubs still face viability challenges
  • Food hubs support farmers
  • Food hubs support the triple bottom line
  • Hubs’ capacity to meet food safety certification demands is slowly increasing

For more information on this survey project, contact Rich Pirog at CRFS or Jeff Farbman at the Wallace Center at Winrock International.

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