Distribution

In June 2019, Local Food Hub formed an exciting new partnership with 4P Foods, a direct-to-consumer food hub, to merge 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.

Local Food Hub continues to exist as a nonprofit organization to provide the same great community services and programming it always has, including helping farmers with training and certifications, working with schools, and expanding its Fresh Farmacy and other food access programs.

Local Food Hub’s partner farms continue their same relationship, now with 4P Foods, and current or future customers can expect the same quality products from our partner farms, the same transparency, customer service and team, and the same commitment to supporting our region’s agricultural heritage.

4P Foods offers a smarter, healthier alternative to the traditional agribusiness model by reinstating small farms as the food source for the community. We forge close relationships with local farmers, and provide the services and infrastructure for the distribution of fresh, high-quality produce. We are a regional leader in ensuring that small farms regain their economic foothold in the marketplace, and that the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community.

Our 75+ partner farms and producers represent the bounty and diversity of the Virginia foodshed. We are able to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and poultry, eggs, honey, grains, and more, to the hospitals, retailers, restaurants, schools, food banks, and partner distributors where most people get their food.

How It Works

4P Foods is unique in that it develops personal relationships with each of its farmers. It partners with them on production planning and marketing, while Local Food Hub the nonprofit organization offers new approaches to food safety, product development, and more. Farmers receive an average of $0.80 of each dollar in sales; 4P Foods purchases the product outright and assumes responsibility for liability, trace­ability, marketing, and sales.

4P Foods is the one number to call for local. All products are identified by farm and county, so customers know exactly where their food was grown and produced. We distribute throughout Central Virginia, as well as throughout the Shenandoah Valley, Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

“Camp Holiday Trails chose Local Food Hub (now 4P Foods) as part of our commitment to provide local and healthy foods for our campers with special medical needs. We value the easy ordering, seasonal offerings, and their commitment to partnering with local farms.”
– Tina LaRoche, Executive Director, Camp Holiday Trails

“Local Food Hub (now 4P Foods) has enabled Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge (WCBR) to provide local produce year-round to residents, associates and guests. Daily, an average of 500 meals are served in our eleven dining venues and we are able to source much of this food locally as a result of our relationship with Local Food Hub (now 4P Foods) . It is important to WCBR to provide local, fresh produce year-round. We know that WCBR residents can taste the difference in freshness and quality of locally sourced produce and have come to look forward to, and expect it, all year. Without Local Food Hub (now 4P Foods), we wouldn’t have a consistent supply of local foods and would be limited in our offerings. One of our most popular local items are grass-fed beef burgers from Buffalo Creek Beef. Residents, associates, and guests enjoy these burgers all year, especially in the summer, and with a thick cut local tomato on top, they keep coming back for more!”
– Dave Saylor, Executive Chef of Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

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