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