Funded projects

Grants • Learning and Evaluation Investments

Dream Distributors

Dream Distributors is launching a new local food aggregation and processing hub in Kane County. The privately operated food hub will aggregate produce for wholesale purchasers; process produce for schools and other institutions; expand a farm to institution program to educate kids about nutrition and local foods; facilitate wholesale readiness training programs for growers; create a subscription box program for SNAP benefit users; and work directly with the region’s farmers to coordinate crop planning and harvesting. Grant funds will support enterprise planning and launch activities, including technical support for business planning and the purchase of food processing machinery or other vital equipment.

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The Good Food Partners Community Food Hub was a finalist in the Food to Market Challenge. Once the project team recruited an independent operator, the food hub enterprise adopted the name Dream Distributors, a subsidiary of Dream Hub, based in Elgin, IL. The Challenge inspired many creative and compelling projects to address the supply chain practices that limit the creation of a resilient local food system. In addition to the top award, Food:Land:Opportunity created a special grant to recognize and support the four finalist teams.


This project supports these strategic goals:


  • Equip farmers and food entrepreneurs with necessary skills.
  • Grow networks of farmers.
  • Grow networks of supply chain players.
  • Disseminate learning to position Chicago as a national model.
  • Incentivize innovation to address systemic problems.

Partners

Dream Distributors

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New Venture Advisors

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Kane County

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Seven Generations Ahead

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Heritage Prairie Farm

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Klein's Quality Produce

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Alsum Farms and Produce

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Wiltse's Farm

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Kinship Foundation

Lenore Beyer
Director of Conservation Programs

The Chicago Community Trust

Michael Davidson
Senior Program Officer

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