The nonprofit Amagansett Food Institute, which promotes local farmers and food production, has announced that it has received $25,000 through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program. The program was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and will invest millions of dollars in development, marketing, and promotion activities directed at local and regional food systems. The program is one several USDA programs that have recently awarded grants to support local food systems around the nation.
AFI will use the grant money to conduct a feasibility study for a food hub on the East End. A food hub manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of local food in order to sell to institutional and wholesale buyers such as hospitals and schools. AFI will enlist a consultant to carry out the study, which will gauge whether a food hub could successfully expand markets for its members and, if so, describe the elements of an effective model. It will release a request for proposals in the near future.
For more information, visit the AFI’s website at www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org