In January 2014, with the aid of two grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, planning began for the Fresh Connect food hub. Our Fresh Connect food hub purchases fresh whole produce from area growers and delivers it to agencies throughout the region. In its pilot year, 34,173 pounds of food was delivered to 14 agencies. This season we expect to deliver 150,000 pounds to 27 agencies. Increasing access to healthy, nutrient dense produce contributes to the health of the communities in our region.