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Farm-to-school food delivery is helping Lee's Summit feed its students

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A view down the rows of a growing tunnel with vertical wood posts spaced evenly down five neat rows of various green plants running the length of the tunnel. The plants are in early stages of growth.
The Kansas City Food Hub
With growing tunnels like the one above, KC Food Hub farmers are able to grow produce year round.

Disruptions in the supply chain left metro school districts scrambling to find suppliers. The KC Food Hub is stepping in to connect schools with farmers.

A growers' cooperative, The Kansas City Food Hub has 22 member farmers who aggregate the distribution of their products.

With five "sub-hubs" strategically located, no farmer has to drive more than 40 minutes to get their produce into the delivery chain.

For school districts the benefit is a reliable source of local fresh food to feed breakfast and lunch to students who rely on their schools as a nutrition source.

  • Katie Nixon, farmer and president of The Kansas City Food Hub
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