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May 18, 2020

Worcester Regional Food Hub starts to sell local farm products for pickup

Photo | Google The Worcester Regional Food Hub's home at Greendale People's Church in Worcester

The Worcester Regional Food Hub typically helps food startups and connects farmers with restaurants and other food-centered entities. During the coronavirus pandemic, though, it's now shifting to consumer sales, in order to help local farmers and producers reach the market..

The Food Hub said Monday it has created an online ordering system to allow customers to pick up orders each Wednesday. Boxes of food are put together with nine to 11 items, nearly all from in-state producers.

The new service is meant to help customers avoid going into grocery stores to get food. The Food Hub said it is following strict safety measures.

Shon Rainford, the director of the Food Hub, said it is so far selling more food during the pandemic than it did beforehand, with typical customer purchasing habits uprooted because of the pandemic. It plans to continue direct-to-consumer sales even after the outbreak ends.

Orders can be picked up each Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at Greendale People's Church at 25 Francis St. in Worcester.

The food box for May 20, which costs $53, includes Little Leaf Farms lettuce from Devens, eggs and hamburger from Lilac Hedge Farm in Holden, cornbread from Crust Artisan Bakeshop in Worcester, cider from Bolton Orchards in Bolton, and others.

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