CHE Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Community Food Hub

May 10th, 2017

MHAworks renovated an abandoned fertilizer plant in Bethel, NC to make way for the Coalition for Healthier Eating’s (CHE) new 6,300 square foot Community Food Hub. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on April 28th, and the Hub will begin online and onsite sales on June 1st.

Realizing the need for better access to healthy foods at a reduced cost, the Coalition approached the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division about renovating the former J.R. Bunting building in Bethel. The USDA approved a loan of $1.2 million and the project took off. The facility began as two separate buildings, so MHAworks in Greenville, NC and builder Stocks & Taylor of Washington, NC designed and built a connecting hallway. The Community Food Hub is working with Life of NC, a nonprofit that prepares disadvantaged people for the workforce through the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act program at Pitt Community College.

The CHE Community Food Hub will serve as a new source for locally-grown, healthily harvested produce and meats. The Hub will clean, process, and distribute meats and produce organically or with very low-chemical methods. CHE will partner with over 50 farms statewide, as well as one cheese producer out of Wisconsin, and will start off with 11 employees who will see to the proper sanitation, packaging, and delivery of all meats and crops.