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 2019, Local Food Hub and 4P Foods, a mission-aligned company committed to growing our local food economy, merged their distribution operations. The resulting partnership allows us to take our important work to the next level. 

The merger marries Local Food Hub’s strengths in farmer relationships and product knowledge with 4P’s strengths in logistics, market development, and sales. 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

  • Kristen Suokko
    Executive Director
  • Portia Boggs
    Associate Director of Advancement and Communications
  • Stasia Greenewalt
    Grower Services Coordinator
  • Tom McDougall
    Founder and CEO, 4P Foods
  • Jennifer Beckman
    Finance Manager, 4P Foods
  • Kerry Trenor
    Bookkeeper, 4P Foods
  • Laura Brown
    Associate Director of Sales, 4P Foods
  • Tara Eavey
    Sales Associate, 4P Foods
  • Martin Hudgins
    Product Manager, 4P Foods
  • Sandy Tribendis
    Sales Assistant, 4P Foods
  • Rod Crawford
    Warehouse Manager, 4P Foods
  • Dustin Thomas
    Delivery Driver/Warehouse Worker, 4P Foods
  • Ronald Davis
    Delivery Driver/Warehouse Worker, 4P Foods
  • Board of Directors

  • Kathryn Barker
    Network Administrator, Peabody School
  • John Blackburn
    Assistant Director of Development, College Foundation
  • Steve Bowers
    Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Apex Clean Energy
  • Zooey Brown
    Health Coach, Choosing Green Healthy Lifestyle Blog
  • 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
  • Megan Kingdon
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Ken Kipps
    Vice President for Administration, University of Virginia College Foundation

  • Kristina Koutrakos
    Director of Portfolio Strategy, Virginia Retirement System
  • Wendy Philleo
    Former Executive Director, Center for a New American Dream

  • Amy Yancey
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