Zoom Logo

Food Hub Listening Session - Shared screen with speaker view
Andrew Carberry
10:39
We'll be taking notes here- https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Q3UnLaeb8XqbXKUkQ2v8fZtAYVkDNLi2BvZhb0xALM/edit
susan koehler
14:27
Hello, I am new to this work. I am with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust in Fayetteville AR. I run NWA Farm Link which is part of a broader regional food system initiative. Just wanted to introduce myself. FYI. Appreciate learning from you all.
Karla Kean
31:34
Sounds good! More like the old commodity foods.
Karla Kean
31:41
Karla-TN
Ankita Raturi
32:24
What is the role (if any) of digital tools in helping you coordinate (either among food hubs, or distributions with logistics, routing and pivoting to handle increase in demand etc.)?
Laura Bentz
33:12
I hear there is hiring going on… how can, can out of work restaurant and hotel workers apply for these jobs?
lilian brislen
39:03
Am I correct that the funding for procuring locally sourced food for emergency boxes is coming from private funders?
Caroline Hill
40:49
Yes, if you could send the spreadsheet please for CSAs! We don’t mind clunky
Haile Johnston
40:52
For us the funding is coming primarily through contracts with city government agencies.
Lindsay Smith
41:16
Tom, would love to share your worksheet with the CSA-Innovation Network. https://www.csainnovationnetwork.org/
Michal DeChellis
42:10
I’d love to have access to the spreadsheet, Tom!
Tom McDougall
42:14
For sure - ping me at tom@4pfoods.com
Jessica Gorhan
42:24
I'm really new to Food Hubs and operations. Are food hubs working directly with grocery stores to help them supply more food to communities?
Teresa Wiemerslage
42:30
We have started doing home deliveries. Any apps or tools that work for mapping delivery routes?
Juliet Norton
42:38
I second Ankita Raturi’s question:
Juliet Norton
42:39
What is the role (if any) of digital tools in helping you coordinate (either among food hubs, or distributions with logistics, routing and pivoting to handle increase in demand etc.)?
Tom McDougall
42:40
routific.com is what we use
Erik Hassert
43:12
GrowNYC has created a database for our Greenmarket farmers to list alternative sales channels that they offer: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MOWl8Cg4xyCvAmR06cFhJ9obYR5ToZD_XhSEcgekjzY/edit?ts=5e8369f1#gid=1829695724
Ursula King
43:56
Is anyone partnering with organizations that were already serving food insecure communities to increase their capabilities in serving as largest swaths of the population become food insecure?
Cullen Naumoff
44:00
Onfleet.com is another useful logistics resource
Diana Endicott
44:16
The Food Conservancy Northwest Arkansas is purchasing all produce small farms in NWA do not have a market for. We do not want any small farms to throw any produce away, stop planting, or stop growing.
Shaunda Fifer
44:19
GrowFood Carolina in South Carolina has seen an increase in Whole Foods sales, not a large increase, but an increase!
Erik Hassert
44:29
GrowNYC is also currently on-boarding our Greenmarket farmers to FellowFarmer.com to offer online pre-orders for at-market pickup at our NYC farmers markets.
Donna Mrugala
44:44
Food pantries that are connected to local food growing organizations are doing well. However dairy farmers are dumping milk. Food Hub Adopt a dairy cow to connect consumer to farmers who lost income.
Gwenael Engelskirchen
44:46
I helped one of the farms in our area with a bit of route mapping and found this software to be useful: https://www.routexl.com/. I didn’t dig into it super deeply, and ended up refining the route manually in GoogleMaps, but the software was useful in getting me started organizing a whole slew of addresses - up to 20 at a time which is more than could be entered into GoogleMaps.
Bryn Roshong - Farm Bridge
44:58
I'm with The Farm Bridge in Kingston, NY, and we're a processor -- we've been seeing a major increase in work on retail products for food hubs and with other food producers. We are quickly putting together an outreach effort to get the word out that we can help with re-packing foodservice format products into retail (sauce, IQF bulk cases, more) so that the product can be re-worked and sold. We are also able to pack a large variety of items, such as beans for Headwater Foood Hub, and we've pivoted from foodservice sized NY sourced tomato sauce to retail jars
Dave Sokoll
45:00
Our WFM stores also said NO, they need to focus on pulling from their warehouses
brian moyer
45:33
Can the chat be shared after the meeting please?
Shelly Oswald
45:36
Road Warrior app is best for mapping and scheduling in my experience - well worth the $10/month
Ursula King
45:57
Is anyone seeking funding from philanthropic foundations to increase local foods purchasing and getting that food to people, particularly in the gig economy?
Shelly Oswald
46:13
I used to route the school buses we owned and Road Warrior beats anything I have used
Sara Clow
46:45
understanding there are huge unknowns, of the changes you all have made, which would you like to keep as part of core programming moving forward. which are helping farmers most and how can we keep those going?
Debra Tropp
46:55
Just as a consumer, I've seen MUCH better choice and range of inventory at independent/specialty stores (e.g., My Organic Market and Grosvenor Market in my part of MD compared to say, Giant and Safeway). My suspicion was that this was related to the diversity of distribution networks they used and their comparative flexibility in procurement.
Andrew Carberry
47:22
We'll include notes from the chat in notes shared after the call.
Jennifer Curtis
47:57
Seventy percent of our sales were to restaurants and we've pivoted to 100% to retail and home delivery. However we were holding a lot of inventory packed for institutions so we started a community fund to raise money to be able to donate meat to the Food Bank. We're half way toward our goal with lots of local folks donating and its been a good cash flow strategy since we have a looming A/R problem.
Dave Sokoll
48:12
Number 1 change is more collaboration with partner hubs. Cleveland Food hub started a CSA and we started retail bags and we are sharing products back and forth.
Ursula King
48:22
I think closing of food processors will potentially increase pricing for certain segments of the food market.
Cullen Naumoff
49:42
I second Sara’s question! How do these changes to your hubs play out going forward?
Ursula King
49:46
Are these food hub presenters produce centric?
Karla Kean
50:03
please share chat
Lauren Turk
50:07
Who is (or is interested in) working on reducing food waste as we adapt? (Let’s talk)
Jennifer Curtis
51:09
Agree with Tom. Love the hub to hub relationships that are growing!
margurit thiessen
51:49
one suggestion is to take it as a 90 day plan, what needs day to day, what needs done in bi weekly and what is plan for next 90 days and this might not be the same as your overall business strategy. How to plan for future what you add now into your business.
Stephanie Miller
52:22
I am new to food hubs, Ohio hubs? Any info?
Masha Vernik
52:53
What are municipal policies that could support these models?
Cullen Naumoff
53:27
Agree with Brian - will this chat be able to be shared?
Shelly Oswald
53:37
Local food is food security … we need that message to be clear
Susan Schempf
53:38
can you all talk about how you lined up those emergency food assistance programs with city agencies?
lilian brislen
53:41
Yes but where is that funding come from?
Ursula King
53:47
That is a great answer.
Carl DuPoldt
54:00
Thank you.
Ellie Bomstein
54:03
Cullen and Brian-- definitely will share the chat alongside the recording. Lots of great info in here!!
Ursula King
54:34
What Shelley Oswald said!
Sara Clow
54:55
John - as far as I know - still very little direction on the $9.5 billion for Ag - NSAC is doing a lot of work, but any updates there?
Shelly Oswald
54:56
Please help scale regulations for small food vs large distributors and processors - centralized food is broken
Karla Kean
55:06
I love the networking of these conversations. I am in Clarksville/Nashville and we need to get food hubs going
Haile Johnston
55:13
@ Ursula King- we were founded to extend benefit, in balance, to consumers and producers.
Jillian Dy
55:15
I posted this question on the FSLN listserv, but would love to hear any success stories for selling MORE local food to schools, even though they’re closed right now. Reach out to me if you want to talk about this! I’m concerned about setbacks in institutional purchasing of local foods in the coming years.
Jude Wait
55:17
funding is a great need at all scales, especially the micro/small scale producers and connecting with food insecure. sources...list thereof would be great.
Shelly Oswald
56:58
Recognition and promotion of the value of local food - the true value is regional food security, food sovereignty and national securiy
Alena Paisano- NFSN
57:24
Hello! National Farm to School Network has been gathering school food resources and success stories on our covid-response page and in our blog. www.farmtoschool.org
Teresa Wiemerslage
57:54
RE: donations to food pantries. In our home delivery cart, farmers asked us to add a "donation" product so people could do a quick add-on to their order. Farmer then delivers product to the food pantry.
Elliott Smith
57:56
I’m working on earmarking County-level CARES Act funding (not through the PPP or the $9.5b someone mentioned), but the local government funds to be tagged for grants AND loans “essential businesses” which here in TX include farmers, food processors, and food distributors. Austin will get roughly $170m and Travis County (in which it sits) will get $50m+.
Lindsay Smith
58:25
John, echo Sara's comment on what Wallace can do. I think on emergency funding from municipal sources, perhaps something in partnership with National League of Cities, NARC, etc. or other might be illuminating. Happy to be one of the folks to think through this if helpful.
Kelly Moltzen
58:29
Hi - I am a semi-finalist for the Food System Vision Prize for my vision of how faith communities could be involved with regionalizing the food system along the East Coast, if anyone would like to collaborate. https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/food-system-vision-prize/refinement/faith-institutions-leading-the-way-towards-healthy-sustainable-food-systems
Debra Tropp
58:51
keep in mind that it is still open season for the FMPP and LFPP grants as well out of USDA/AMS which can be used to support the formation of new farm networks. There is a also a new grant program to support regional public/private partnerships
Diana Endicott
58:53
The Food Conservancy NWA is also partnering with all the area farmers market and helping support them with offering refrigerated space, trucking, etc.
Susan Schempf
59:07
that seems like the area we need to focus on for the USDA $$ under CARES - using that money to "fill the delta" as Tom put it between real cost of food and emergency food assistance - to connect local/regional farmers with food access/DTC boxes
Shelby Watson-Hampton
59:08
Does anyone know a grant to apply for that covers operating costs for non-profits providing agricultural community programming and support? Our budget from the state is in danger.
Shelly Oswald
59:47
THANK YOU, Ursula!
Nada Haddad
59:51
UNH Extension has developed a Food Access map for food pantry https://extension.unh.edu/resource/new-hampshire-food-access-map
Jessica Gorhan
01:01:28
Id love to be a part of conversations working to create more local food distribution to retail markets, DTC, and F2I
Alena Paisano- NFSN
01:01:45
Another currently open funding opportunity is the Native American Agriculture Fund grants- these resources are specific advancing food sovereignty to tribal and native communities.
Drew M. McCaskey
01:02:27
Been working on a list of funding resources for small biz and nonprofits, with an emphasis on food, hospitality and ag, especially in the Philly area
Drew M. McCaskey
01:02:39
See here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wB-C9efSkBFjYoPqnB4VActAxtgZ4-ClXsMVLK0b8nk/edit?usp=sharing_eil&ts=5e922153
Ursula King
01:03:42
would people be interested in sharing contact info so people who are local to one another can connect?
Nicole Wright
01:03:52
How to best connect with emergency management/emergency services and receive fair price for product? Seeing stories of milk dumps and unharvested fields because it's cheaper than harvesting and donating. How to shift to emergency or local markets from instituational, and quickly?
Karla Kean
01:04:12
Karla Kean, TSU Extension kkean@utk.edu
Devona Bell
01:04:26
devonab@ncat.org
james matson
01:04:34
We have had some success working with food banks to get food into the school systems. the food banks have been able to get donors to pay for local food for this in some cases.
Haile Johnston
01:04:34
haile@thecommonmarket.org
Shaunda Fifer
01:04:35
ShaundaF@growfoodcarolina.com
Shelly Oswald
01:04:37
OldTimeFlavor@gmail.com www.OldTime.Farm
Jillian Dy
01:04:48
jillian.dy@foodcorps.org
Cyrena Thibodeau
01:04:56
foodhub@nesfp.org (boston) New Entry
Rae Gomes
01:05:02
Please add me to the list for future meetings rae@rhicenter.org
Margo Roberston
01:05:04
margo@thecommonmarket.org
Zaida Kidane
01:05:10
zaida@feedingflorida.org
Erik Hassert
01:05:16
ehassert@grownyc.org
Caitlin Honan
01:05:22
Caitlin@thecommonmarket.org
Lauren Turk
01:05:22
itslaurenturk@gmail.com
Caitlin Honan
01:05:23
thanks!
Juliet Norton
01:05:24
jnnorton@purdue.edu
Juliet Norton
01:05:30
ankita@purdue.edu
Mary Hosier
01:05:31
mary@sevengenerationsahead.org
Nicole Wright
01:05:35
wright.1128@osu.edu
Barbara Stiffarm
01:05:42
bstiffarm@opportunitylinkmt.org
brittany palmer
01:05:46
brittany@wmgcoop.com
Cyrena Thibodeau
01:06:02
Can people maybe put their region next to their email?
Shelly Oswald
01:06:31
I am Western PA - near Pittsburgh