By Lindsay Smith
Consultant, Washington Regional Convergence Partnership (a project of WRAG)
Last October, nearly 70 funders, government representatives, policy experts, and advocates from around the region gathered to learn about food hubs. The event – Food Hubs 101 – took a broad look at what food hubs are, how they’re performing for the farmers and diverse consumers they serve, where new food hubs are emerging in the region, and how philanthropy can support the development of these entities.
Today, we’re excited to release a report that grew out of the event. It features key facts and figures about local food hubs, recounts highlights from the day, and explores presentations from the event’s guests and panels. The report is supplemented with an appendix containing full presentations.
One of the key panels documented in the report discussed a critical topic: how food hubs can be leveraged to improve equity not just for their small and medium-sized farmer members, but also for low-income communities.
Over the course of this year, we’ll share more information about the components of the food system, like food hubs, and how the resources of various stakeholders can be leveraged to build a regional food system that is more diverse and inclusive. Stay tuned!
The Washington Regional Convergence Partnership (WRCP) is a group of grantmakers committed to building a more equitable food system in the region based out of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG). For more information about the WRCP, please contact Lindsay Smith.