About Us

Mission

Our mission is to partner with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. We provide the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home.

 

History

LOCAL FOOD HUB grew out of a community-supported discussion that identified a need for greater linkages between small family farms and institutions seeking local food. Farmers were being locked out of the institutional market due to missing infrastructure, delivery minimums, insurance requirements, and time. Institutions and businesses found it challenging to access a consistent supply of local produce, and were looking for one number to call to source locally.

Since our founding ten years ago, Local Food Hub has made strides in our mission to make fresh, farm sourced food available to everyone. Locally sourced food is now more readily accessible to school kids and seniors, hospitals and universities, and restaurants and retailers. Community partnerships and programs ensure that we not only feed but also educate a new generation about the value of eating fresh and local. Family farms, the environment, public health, and the local economy all benefit as a result.

 

Since our founding ten years ago, Local Food Hub has made strides in our mission to make fresh, farm sourced food available to everyone.

IN JUNE 2019, Local Food Hub underwent an exciting restructuring. 4P Foods, a like-minded a direct-to-consumer food hub, acquired our distribution operations.  We married Local Food Hub’s strengths in farmer relationships and product knowledge with 4P Foods’ strength in logistics, market development, and sales, to create an even better system for getting food from small family farms to more members of our community.

 Our singular focus is creating an even better, more robust system for getting food from our region’s small family farms to market, as well as to consumers who might not otherwise enjoy access to healthy, local food.

Local Food Hub continues to exist as a nonprofit organization, doubling down on its programs for helping farmers with training and technical assistance, developing healthier food options for schools and health care institutions, and expanding its Fresh Farmacy and other high-impact food access programs.

 

Vision & Approach

Our vision is that the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community, and that small farms have a strong economic foothold in the marketplace.

We offer a smarter, healthier alternative to traditional agribusiness models by reinstating small farms as the food source for the community. We forge close relationships with our farmers and provide essential services that lead to the direct distribution of fresh, high-quality food to institutions, retailers, restaurants, and schools. We create community partnerships that promote knowledge of and access to local food where it is needed most.

Learn more about our mission and our programs. 

Staff

  • Jennifer Beckman
    Finance Manager
  • Portia Boggs
    Director of Advancement and Communications
  • Laura Brown
    Director of Community and Policy
  • Stasia Greenewalt
    Director of Grower Services
  • Kristen Suokko
    Executive Director
  • Kerry Trenor
    Bookkeeper
  • Andy Wood
    Intern
  • Board of Directors

  • Stephen Byrd
    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Research
  • Kathryn Barker
    Network Administrator, Peabody School
  • Elizabeth Beasley
    Community Relations Lead, UVA Health Systems
  • John Blackburn
    Associate Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Anna Payne Fife
    Associate Director, Outreach and Engagement, The Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative
  • Robin Gilliland
    Principal and Acting CFO, Keller Enterprises
  • Martha Hodgkins
    Communications Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Ken Kipps
    Vice President for Administration, University of Virginia College Foundation

  • Kristina Koutrakos
    Director of Portfolio Strategy, Virginia Retirement System
  • Tom McDougall
    Founder and CEO, 4P Foods
  • Ronnie Webb
    President, The Green Scheme
  • Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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