The Health Foundation has provided over $2.8 million for the development of the Worcester Regional Food Hub (Food Hub). The Food Hub is designed to improve the regional food system by strengthening sustainable agriculture, promoting healthy eating, and fueling economic development.
The Food Hub is working to increase access to fresh local food by providing aggregation and distribution services from farms to institutions, schools, and farmers markets and by incubating local food entrepreneurs through a commercial kitchen and business consulting services.
In January 2019, the Food Hub was awarded a $65,000 Urban Agenda Grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for “Launching Diverse Food Entrepreneurs” (one of nine grant awards across the state).
In 2020, the WRFH was awarded a MassDevelopment Collaborative Workspace Program Fit-Out grant for up to $100,000 to purchase equipment for two of the six kitchen stations planned in Union Station. The Foundation is providing the $100,000 match for this grant.
For more information, visit the Food Hub website.
◊ Meet the chefs: Bryan Baltazar and Jennifer Palazzo of Noms Eatery
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 3, 2019, Worcester Regional Food Hub
◊ Food Hub graduates 18 from Urban Agenda Grant program
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, October 8, 2019, Worcester Regional Food Hub
Edible Boston, September 23, 2019, Worcester Regional Food Hub
◊ High Interest in Worcester Regional Food Hub’s Diverse Leadership Program Necessitates Increase in Capacity
Chamber Exchange, August 21, 2019, Worcester Regional Food Hub
◊ Chamber Exchange (Video)
Charter TV3 Central Mass., February 7, 2019, Worcester Regional Food Hub
◊ Cooking Up Success: The Worcester Food Hub
Edible Boston Magazine, September 20, 2018, Worcester Regional Food Hub
◊ Last Call with Shon Rainford Senior, project manager
Worcester Magazine, June 28, 2018, Worcester Regional Food Hub