Denver Food Hub
Community Resources, Inc., Transition Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and The City of Denver’s Denver Seeds Program, engaged Cornerstone Ventures, LLC to carry out a market assessment and business feasibility study for a Denver Food Hub. Cornerstone was asked to assess the region’s need for local food aggregation, packing, processing, distributing and merchandising and distribution of locally produced foods; determine the feasibility of a Food Hub business equipped to move locally produced foods from farms and food production enterprises to metro region markets; identify and evaluate locations for a Food Hub; and produce a market analysis report and feasibility study for a Food Hub or food system support service.
Fields Foods & the St. Louis Food Hub
Cornerstone Ventures was involved at the inception of The St. Louis Food Hub, located at Lafayette Square, and actively involved in the project's design, funding and implementation. Central to the Food Hub is Fields Foods, a 36,000 square foot grocery store located in a food desert. Fields Foods is a locally owned, locally operated, and locally focused grocery story committed to creating healthier communities one bite at a time by providing fresh and healthy food options at affordable prices through partnerships with local farmers and trusted brands.
NE Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative
The Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative is focusing on a study area of approximately 2,300 acres and aims to create a Riverfront District as a focal point of community revitalization. Creation of a NELA Food Hub is among the economic development implementation strategies being advanced by the Collaborative. Cornerstone Ventures was engaged to examine how the Study Area could respond to the need for a food hub, as identified by the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College (UEPI) and in accordance with the goals of the City of Los Angeles Food Policy Council.
Columbus, Ohio Food Hub
Cornerstone Ventures was engaged by McCormick Baron Salazar to evaluate the feasibility of a self-supporting, free-standing, Food Hub equipped to receive, process, package and distribute locally grown and produced foods to consumers, businesses and institutions within the redevelopment of Poindexter Village and the near East Side area of Columbus, Ohio.
Greensgrow Farms is a nationally renowned urban farm and social enterprise that has been working to “grow food, flowers and neighborhoods” on a remediated brownfield in an economically challenged North Philadelphia neighborhood since 1997. Cornerstone Ventures was engaged to explore business expansion opportunities, inluding a food hub and distribution facility in Camden, NJ and a mobile market.