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Sacramento Area Food Distribution
2011 HUD Challenge Planning Grant Project Update

Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and SHRA partnered to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) funded in part by the 2011 Challenge Grant for a Regional Agricultural Infrastructure Study-Processing Study and Regional Agricultural Infrastructure Study-Aggregation and Distribution.   Applied Development Economics (ADE), the selected consultant, spearheaded the market analysis and draft report. 

Below is an excerpt from the October 2013 draft Regional Agricultural Infrastructure Project Initial Cost Estimate Analysis - Sacramento Valley Food HUB: SACOG is conducting a study on the feasibility and economics of improving the Sacramento region’s agricultural infrastructure for aggregation, packing, storage, processing and distribution of food products.  Previous analysis conducted by SACOG and others have identified the lack of produce handling and processing capacity as a constraint in meeting the increasing demand regionally for locally grown foods, improving access to fresh produce – especially in underserved communities, and supporting local grower and economic activity.

The project is intended to provide a set of financial analytic tools and a conceptual business plan for starting and scaling up a financially viable agricultural enterprise and associated facilities - a regional food hub – to address identified needs for increased agricultural infrastructure in the Sacramento region.  These products can be used by entrepreneurs, investors, communities, and others to leverage opportunities and attract new investment to rebuild and expand the region’s agricultural and food infrastructure at more diverse levels of scale and depth.  Please refer to the October 2013 draft Regional Agricultural Infrastructure Project Initial Cost Estimate Analysis - Sacramento Valley Food HUB for more in-depth information.