Why run a hub?


We are just starting this enterprise and are doing all of this without getting paid. This is not an excuse for poor service BUT a gentle request to give us constructive feedback so we can improve things. Again, no one here does this for the money but for the people of Kent and the planet at large! Please send all feedback to enquiries [at] kentfoodhubs [dot] co [dot] uk.


An opportunity to make a difference

Setting up a food hub with Kent Food Hubs is a way of making a tangible difference. Food is a vital part of all of our lives - it encompasses all kinds of social and environmental issues that can be addressed by improving our current food system.

As a hub manager, you can directly influence the way food is supplied to your home town. By making connections between local farmers and producers, and directing revenue into local businesses, you can make your community a happier, healthier and more vibrant place to live in.

Setting up pickup points also creates valuable social interest for underused spaces like town halls and churches. Pickup points often run alongside other community activities, classes and events as well as the serving of food and drinks.

An opportunity to make a living

We are totally transparent about this. Currently, none of the hub coordinators can pay their bills without doing another job to supplement their income. This is actually part of the reason why Kent Food Hubs exists. If it was simple to run a hub and make decent money, there would be lots of hubs in Kent already. Our aim as an organisation is to reduce costs and food miles and increase efficiencies in running hubs, so more money is left for traders, consumers and hub coordinators.

LEAF Folkestone was run by a coordinator earning less than £2/hour. This hasn't increased much yet - we're hoping to change that.

However, being a hub coordinator creates a range of opportunities for income generation. Running markets, workshops/events, providing services to consumers, etc. are all additional income opportunities that arise once a hub is established.

At the moment, we calculate that running a hub generates a wage of about £12 per hour and pays for 10 hours of work per order cycle. To achieve these figures, we need at least 50 people spending £60 in a hub. For KFHs to thrive we're aiming for an average of 200 people spending £60 in a hub every week.

Note that every food hub is different (e.g. expenses, income, market potential, etc.) so these figures may not apply to all situations.