Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center
overview of the wallace hufed center (more at hufed.org)
The Wallace HUFED Center supports and enables greater access to healthy affordable food in underserved, limited resource communities across the country. The Center provides grants and technical assistance to support enterprise development and business-based approaches to getting more healthy food into communities which have limited access, with an emphasis on sourcing locally and regionally produced food. HUFED is unique because it is focused on developing solutions that create jobs, offer economic incentives to farmers, and that can be all or partially self-sustaining beyond the grant period.
To date, the Wallace HUFED Center has awarded 30 grants and is providing technical assistance to many of them. The portfolio of grants include: feasibility study, small enterprise and large enterprise grants; and represent a diverse mix of regions, geographies, urban and rural, demographics, and approaches. We will be gathering and sharing the knowledge and learning that the Center generates, and ultimately document the models that work, in order to support their replication and adaptation to other regions, and to help inform national decision makers and food access champions. The Wallace HUFED Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and was conceived in Farm Bill 2008.
Visit the HUFED website, HUFED.org for a collection of food access resources, and more details about the HUFED Center, as well as grantee profiles.