Food Hubs: Definitions, Expectations, and Realities

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Abstract 

There is general agreement that food hubs are principally regional food aggregators/distributors well positioned to fill a number of social roles and services not traditionally provided by wholesale food companies. However, there is little agreement among stakeholders about what these roles and services should be or understanding of how they affect food hub financial viability. This article uses 2013 National Food Hub Survey data to highlight the current divergence between expectations and realities of these food hub roles. A definition for food hubs is also proposed that is inclusive enough to embrace different types of food hubs yet prescriptive enough to provide clarity on the roles food hubs play.

Keywords

 food hub, definitions, food systems, values

 

Citation

Fischer, Micaela, R. Pirog, M. Hamm (2015). Food Hubs: Definitions, Expectations, and Realities. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition 10(1) 92-99.

 

 

DOI

10.1080/19320248.2015.1004215

 

 

Corresponding author

Mike Hamm mhamm@msu.edu 

Author(s): Micaela Fischer, Rich Pirog, Mike Hamm
Date: March 25, 2015