Only 33 FoodHub sellers provided an estimate this year of sales generated as a result of connections made on FoodHub via our annual Member Survey, but even in that small pool the results are significant: $108,000 went into the collective pockets of those 33 regional producers that wouldn’t have if they hadn’t been using FoodHub!
With spending comes jobs. FoodHub sellers who responded to this year’s survey reported employing 23% more full-time and 38% more part-time staff in 2012 than in 2010, and adding an aggregated total of 353 jobs to the region in those two years (113 of those in designated rural counties). While those jobs are not necessarily correlated directly to FoodHub membership, we take it as a very good sign in this economy that our sellers are growing!
FoodHub is a great tool for farm to school.
We’ve learned that FoodHub functions as a support staff for school foodservice directors because, while they may have a mandate to execute a farm to school program, many don’t know the farmers in their area. With a couple of clicks they can run a list of producers right from their desks, sort them by proximity to the school, then fire off messages to get bids.
Or they can do what Gitta Grether-Sweeney from Portland Public Schools did: “We posted a request on the FoodHub Marketplace for 200 lbs of radishes for our Harvest of the Month special and got responses from farmers right in our district! Doesn’t get any fresher than that.”
There are now 184 school-based Members (both K-12 and Pre-K) on FoodHub, representing a total of more than 1,400 individual school sites feeding more than 672,000 students. Carrot stick anyone?
I hope these results demonstrate the potential for FoodHub to support you: Find local product. Sell more. Get healthy local food into your community. Facilitate economic development. What are you working on in 2013 and how might FoodHub help?I hope you’ll let us know.
In the meantime, thank you, as always, for your continued involvement in the FoodHub community and your dedication to helping build a strong regional food system. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous year in 2013!
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