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American consumers increasingly recognize that locally grown food is not only fresh and delicious, but also provides communities important environmental and economic benefits. The Wallace Center at Winrock International is pioneering the use of food hubs to help small farmers and producers work together to meet growing consumer demand. Through collective marketing, packaging, product aggregation and other activities, hubs improve the financial viability of small producers and increase the availability of nutritious food.

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Expanding Choice: Delivering Local Food Options Where They’re Needed Most

Project Title: Capacity for Food Chains

Communities that most need healthy and affordable food options often have the fewest choices. The Wallace Center at Winrock International collaborates with vulnerable communities to establish value chains that make nutritious and local food available to everyone. This happens through training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and by fostering collaboration between organizations committed to delivering the benefits of good food to all.

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The Wallace Center: Taking the Local Food Movement Mainstream

Project Title: General Support Donation

The Wallace Center at Winrock International advances regional and collaborative efforts to make healthy local food available to larger numbers of consumers. Why? Expanding the availability of local food benefits producers, local economies and the environment. This donation will help fund the Wallace Center’s general project work in a number of areas, including efforts to build capacity, improve food safety practices and collaboration and test new sales and distribution models.

Starting a Movement: Building a Maryland Food Hub Network

Project Title: Building a Maryland Food Hub Network

American consumers increasingly recognize that locally grown food is not only fresh and delicious, but also provides communities important environmental and economic benefits. The Wallace Center at Winrock International is collaborating with farmers, wholesalers, distributors and other partners in Maryland to meet the state’s burgeoning demand for local food through food hubs. By delivering collective marketing, packaging, product aggregation and other activities, food hubs improve the financial viability of producers and increase the availability of nutritious food.

The Power of a Story: Getting the Word Out About the Local Food Movement

Project Title: Good Food Economies

Growing awareness that how we feed ourselves impacts the environment, the economy and human health has spurred a burgeoning local and regional food movement. Most media coverage so far has focused on the benefits to consumers. But in order to grow the movement and encourage more investment in sustainable agriculture, it’s important to showcase the benefits to local economies and communities. The Wallace Center at Winrock International works with organizations across the country to develop communications strategies that build the case for strong local and regional food systems.

Spreading the Good Food News

Project Title: Building Capacity for Regional Food Systems

Increasing awareness that local food is nutritious and good for both the environment and the economy has propelled the growth of regional food economies. In order to encourage more investment in regional food systems and sustainable agriculture, it’s important to showcase the benefits to local economies and communities. This program seeks to build awareness by assisting The Wallace Center at Winrock International in expanding the reach of its National Good Food Network by developing a regional food economies working group and fellows program, and by supporting a national communications strategy that underscores the economic benefits of fostering local food systems.

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