Proponents and detractors alike, including funders, academics and food hub managers, are seeking real data that can better explain the scope and scale of food hub activities and their influence on their regions. In early 2013, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems in cooperation with the Wallace Center at Winrock International surveyed over 100 food hubs across the country to understand their businesses, their impacts and their challenges.
Learning presented in the report includes:
- The operating structures that food hubs have taken on
- Food hub’s employee and management profiles
- Information about food hub producers and customers
- Information regarding the financial status of food hubs
- Major challenges and barriers to growth faced by food hubs