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Lakes Country Service Cooperation grant allows for food hub

Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC) in Fergus Falls was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to start a food hub in its nine-county service region, including Douglas County.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC) in Fergus Falls was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to start a food hub in its nine-county service region, including Douglas County.
The Fresh Connect food hub will assemble fresh produce and fruit from multiple local growers and deliver it directly to schools, health care, and child care centers that provide meals for students, residents and visitors.
Food hubs are emerging around the country as an answer to the need for support to bring fresh, locally grown produce from the family farm to schools and other organizations interested in providing healthier meals.
“Local growers will diversify their market for sales, and students and residents will benefit from eating healthy foods,” said LCSC dietician Dana Rieth. “Schools and health care will be able to say they know where their produce is coming from and teach about the lifelong benefits of healthy eating.”
Established in 2013, the Community Innovation Grant program is designed to inspire and support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions.
The Bush Foundation will award nearly $5 million to 34 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 native nations that share the same geography, through its Community Innovation Grant program.

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