Findings of the 2021 National Food Hub SurveyDOWNLOAD
April 28, 2023 - Author: Noel Bielaczyc, Kathryn Colasanti, Ellie Bomstein, Elizabeth Atwell
The National Food Hub Survey is a longitudinal research project conducted biennially since 2012. The 2021 National Food Hub Survey was conducted by the MSU CRFS in collaboration with the University of Michigan Program Evaluation Group and the Wallace Center at Winrock International.
With over 100 responses from across the country, the survey aims to increase understanding of food hub operational models and their financial viability, the impact food hubs have in their community, and the trends and changes within the food hub sector.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on food hubs
More than half of respondents affirmed that their business model changed in 2020, and a majority expect the change to be long-term.
“Food hub” is not a universally recognized term.
Only half of respondents consistently refer to themselves as “food hubs.”
Food hubs are supporting social betterment.
On average, food hub organizations engage in 18 activities related to supporting producers, community members, or the environment.
Food hub networks have a large footprint.
The majority of responding organizations indicated participating in a food hub network, and these networks appear to be supporting a wide range of activities.
Food hubs’ profitability increased, but so did reliance on grants.
In 2020, 91% of food hub organizations reported breaking even or better compared to approximately two-thirds reporting this in 2019 and 2017.
Employee wages vary widely, and benefits are inconsistent.
The minimum and maximum hourly wages for managers and employees varied widely.
Funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was used to conduct the 2021 National Food Hub Survey and produce this report.
Bielaczyc, N., Colasanti, K., Atwell, E., & Bomstein, E. (2023). Findings of the 2021 National Food Hub Survey. Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. http://foodsystems.msu.edu/2021-food-hub-survey