Counting Values: Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study
The nationwide emergence of food hubs is an indicator that local food is becoming more readily available in higher-volume sales channels. The more than 300 food hubs operating around the country use a wide range of business models. All share the general function of helping farmers and other local food producers take their differentiated products to market.
These intermediaries provide customized aggregation, distribution, and related supply chain services. Food hubs also strive to deliver on local market promises—the good food values driving this sector’s growth. Good food is defined as food products and practices that are healthy for the body, green for the planet, fair for producers and workers, and affordable for all. Good food values range from concerns for public health and social justice to demand for local economic and environmental returns.
Running A Food Hub: Lessons Learned from the Field
Profile: C Fresh Market
C Fresh Market is a 23,000-square-foot supermarket located in River Bend — one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse communities in Des Moines, Iowa. The community had not had a full-service supermarket for almost 10 years when C Fresh opened in January of 2013. The store has been developing a diverse and loyal customer base ever since and offers a variety of affordable ethnic and international groceries to the surrounding population.
The project received $712,000 in loan financing from IFF, a nonprofit community development financial institution serving the Midwest region.
WEBINAR-Building a Healthy Corner Store Network
Profile: Salud Corporation
In 2011, Salud Corporation received a $341,000 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grant to grow the olive oil milling, bottling, and distribution capacities at a local facility in Dripping Springs, Texas. Salud Corporation is a for-profit social enterprise subsidiary of Business and Community Lenders of Texas (BCL of Texas), a nonprofit economic development organization. Salud is the country’s first Latina-led, start-up to manufacture and distribute high-quality, 100 percent extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) from locally sourced ingredients.
2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Grantees List
FY 2015 Healthy Food Financing Initiative Grantees.
Profile: Latino Economic Development Corporation
Immigrant-owned food enterprises are growing across Minnesota thanks to a series of Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) investments supporting several Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) projects in Minneapolis. With investments in a Latino-owned grocery, a cooperative grocery, a Latino restaurant, commercial kitchens, a marketing cooperative, a commissary kitchen, and a produce warehouse for small agricultural cooperatives, the LEDC Immigrant Enterprise Healthy Foods Fund is strengthening the local food system, improving health, and building wealth in low-income immigrant communities of color.
Transforming West Oakland
The first of a three-part series by PolicyLink and Mandela MarketPlace, this case study highlights the ongoing work of Mandela MarketPlace and its partners to build a local food system that prioritizes community ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area. This first case study provides an overview of the organization, offers a historical context of its development, and outlines critical factors that contributed to its existing infrastructure and framework of local ownership.
View the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace, and read this blog post by Dana Harvey, executive director at Mandela MarketPlace.
Read the second case study, Cultivating Equitable Food-Oriented Development: Lessons from West Oakland, which explores how the Mandela ecosystem has grown and evolved, and the operations, inner workings, and relationships across its tightly woven network. View the accompanying photo essay, with original photography from Mandela MartketPlace, including a photo courtesy of Michael Short Photography.
Inclusive Engagement Toolkit for Community Food Projects Planning
With the emphasis on community engagement in this grant program, it is important to be working with stakeholders from all parts of your community. We hope this toolkit will help with your project planning now and in the future.
Strategies to Close the Distribution Gap for Small Stores in Underserved Communities
In October 2015, more than 40 public health leaders and national experts in food retail, agriculture, distribution and marketing convened in Philadelphia for Healthy Food in Small Stores: Distribution Opportunities to Improve Community Health. This national conference tackled challenges and best practices for distributing healthy food to small stores across the United States. Co-hosted by The Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this meeting sought to build connections among experts and identify ways to overcome distribution challenges in ways that are profitable for businesses and provide better access to healthy food in stores. This report outlines the key findings, discussion themes, and other highlights from the conference.
Tracking Healthy Food Sales
Through a review of healthy food retailer program reports and interviews with program staff and experts in the field, ChangeLab Solutions has assembled a list of viable sales data tracking methods. We have assessed each method using four criteria – accuracy, cost, burden on program staff, and burden on store staff – to show each method’s strengths and weaknesses. This easy-to-use resource can help healthy retail advocates and retailers pick the best sales tracking methods for their program.
Financial Resources Catalogue
This tool detailed information on 42 public funding sources and 34 private funding sources available to CDFIs for healthy food projects.
Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative
Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) has continued to draw national attention for how it is improving access to fresh foods in underserved communities statewide. As of September 2009, PA FFFI has committed $59.7 million in grants and loans to 78 applicants across the state, ranging in size from 1,000 to 69,000 square feet. In total, these projects are expected to bring 4,860 jobs and over 1.5 million square feet of fresh food retail across Pennsylvania.
Public Private Partnership Primer
Public-private partnerships (PPPs or P3s) are government initiatives or private business ventures that are funded with dollars from both the public and private sectors. PPPs have been implemented across the country in the form of local, state, and federal financing programs to promote healthy food retail. By helping retailers overcome the high cost related to food retail development, these programs help grocers and other vendors grow their businesses and increase access to healthy food in underserved communities. This tool lists key components, and other information to navigate this arena.
How to Build a Policy Effort
Find tips and resources on building a policy effort.
Community Engagement & Participation Checklist
Developed by PolicyLink, this outline identifies important components of an authentic and participatory community engagement process.
Video: Everyone Deserves Access
"We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity but access is a key issue," says Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. "People don't have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall." See how The Food Trust and its partners are improving food access and health in Philadelphia and around the country.
Everyone deserves access to healthy food.
Profile: R&G Family Grocers' Mobile Market
Video: HFFI: Building Healthy Communities Video
LSA and PolicyMap Primer
Find the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) areas in your city, state or region. This tool discusses prior research study methods, the steps in the LSA analysis, and the findings, including the areas of need, the demand and unmet demand for food. The Limited Supermarket Access Data tool (LSA) also provides free data and maps and can be used to craft a healthy food retail strategy for the area.