October 19, 2015

Ball State Commits Nearly $300,000 For Regional Food Hub

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The central Indiana city of Muncie could be getting a regional food hub that would supply food from Indiana farms to retail, wholesale and institutional markets, such as restaurants, schools, hospitals or universities.

Ball State University plans to spend nearly $300,000 to help establish the hub.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports that a state Department of Agriculture study published in May found other proposed food hubs in Batesville, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Columbus face challenges. Those include lack of cold storage/warehousing space, financing, finding enough food, and the high cost to small farmers of obtaining Good Agriculture Practices certification to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

The Muncie food hub has found warehousing space downtown in the former industrial laundry building.

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