An influx of provincial cash will get a local food distribution off the ground, the Farm Fresh Food Hub announced September 25.
“We’re really excited,” board co-chair Katie Daman told the assembled crowd at the “season finale” of the South Osborne Farmers’ Market.
The Farm Fresh Food Hub is a non-profit community service co-op run by Transition Winnipeg and other community stakeholders with a goal to connect buyers and sellers of local food, their site says.
The group announced it had received a $50,000 grant from the province to go toward developing an aggregation, distribution and research centre for local food products.
This centre would gather food to make it easier for restaurants and institutions to buy local food on a larger scale, Daman said.
The grant will go toward the first phase of the project, which will develop aggregation and distribution services, create ordering software, and do further study into the long-term viability of the project.