Food hub meeting today |

Food hub meeting today

Staff Report

To move forward with the planning for a downtown food co-op, a meeting is set for today at 5:30 p.m. at the Churchill County Museum.

Several weeks ago plans for a food hub moved ahead when the Churchill Economic Development Authority and the Kent family agreed on a five-year lease to house the co-op at the former Kent’s Market on South Maine Street.

“Our next step involves revenue generation, feasibility and a business plan to start shaping a timetable,” said Rachel Dahl, executive director of CEDA.

Dahl said in a previous article having a food hub can capitalize on the local agriculture and the Dairy Farmers of America dry milk facility that opened last year.

As CEDA pushes forward on the food hub’s development, Dahl said her committee is looking at a revenue stream to begin the locally produced grocery store, which will resemble a version of Trader Joes. What the food hub will offer is a production facility, said Dahl, that will have vendors making and packaging food items such as salsa, jellies and baked food goods.