Assessing the Impacts of Regional Food Hubs

The study developed a replicable empirical framework to conduct impact assessments for food hub organizations. There has been a proliferation in the number and recognition of ‘food hubs’ across the United States, as well as a substantial increase in foundation and public funding to support their development. By collecting detailed expenditure and sales information from food hubs, an economic impact assessment was conducted to estimate the multiplier effects of a change in final demand for food hub products. This study was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who also publish a Food Access Research Atlas, which provides food access data for populations within census tracts.