Despite increasing demand, finding and buying local food can still be a hassle. When feeding hundreds or thousands of school children, convenience is key. According to eXtension’s Healthy Food Choices in Schools community, due to cost, quantity and transportation, it can prove easier to source out-of-season apples from across the country than to source freshly picked apples from the orchard down the road!
Food hubs that operate on a direct-to-consumer business model can mitigate some of the hassle of sourcing local foods, even for school meal programs. Headwater Food Hub in Rochester, New York provides fresh produce from 35 local farms directly to local businesses including local private and public K-12 school meal programs.
For more information about the Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice contact Katherine Baildon,firstname.lastname@example.org.