Greetings,

Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) and the Walla Walla Valley Food System Coalition (WWVFSC) are gathering information as part of a USDA Local Food Promotion Program-funded project to evaluate the feasibility of developing a food hub to serve the Walla Walla Valley.

A food hub is a business that provides storage, distribution, marketing, and processing services among others to provide producers access to local and regional markets that would otherwise not be possible. For example, food hub services can improve wholesale and institutional buyers’ access to locally produced food.

The purpose of this survey is to gain the perspectives of those representing institutions and grocers who currently buy or potentially could buy fresh food products, value-added/processed food products, or both from farms located in the Walla Walla Valley. Examples of value-added food products include washed and cut produce, processed meat, pesto, flour, bread, wine, beer, cider, soup mix, jam, sauces, and yogurt. This survey covers topics related to food buyers’ priorities, needs, and interests. This information will be used as part of a larger effort to identify needs and opportunities and evaluate the feasibility of developing services, buying equipment, and developing a facility.

Completing this survey will take approximately 10 minutes. Your responses are voluntary, and you can choose to be anonymous, meaning you do not have to provide personally identifying information.

For more information, please see the WWVFSC website: wwvfsc.org. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at 509-529-3561 or jeffm@bmacww.org.

Sincerely,

Jeff Mathias
Food Bank Director
Blue Mountain Action Council

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