Lawrence considers 'food hub' for local produce

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Lawrence group says it wants to find a central place to make locally produced food available to larger institutional buyers.

The Douglas County Food Policy Council says a "food hub" would link farmers to institutions like schools, hospitals and restaurants.

Council director Eileen Horn says larger institutions are interested in using more locally produced food but often can't get a consistent supply.

But Horn says smaller-scale producers in Douglas County and surrounding counties are growing large volumes of food, particularly fruits and vegetables. A food hub would make it easier for institutions to connect to the smaller growers.

The food council tells the Lawrence Journal-World that creating the food hub will be one of its top priorities this year.

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