Providing access to farm sourced food for everyone

Charlottesvle, VA   |
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EIN: 26-4137130


Our mission is to partner with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. We provide the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home. Our vision is that the knowledge and choice of local food becomes the norm, not the exception, for all segments of the community, and that small farms have a strong economic foothold in the marketplace.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Kristen Suokko

Main address

Po Box 4647

Charlottesvle, VA 22905 USA

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Subject area info

Food security

Economic development

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We live in the heart of an incredibly rich agricultural area, yet many small farmers can’t make a living, and large pockets of food insecurity and poor health still persist. Sourcing and eating food locally can go a long way toward changing this paradigm. What we do: -Provide free support services and training to farmers to ensure that they can be successful. -Run programs that increase access to fresh food for school children, low-income health patients, and other underserved populations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grower Services

Local Food Hub partners with more than 60 small family farmers throughout Central Virginia to increase community access to local food. While Local Food Hub believes that paying a fair price is the most important thing we can do for farmers, we also know that training, technical assistance, cost-share opportunities, and networking are all critical to helping reinstate small farms as the food source for the community.

Our Grower Services program helps partner farms learn to successfully navigate the wholesale marketplace and make their operations more financially viable. An annual workshop series focuses on farmer-chosen topics like pest management, financial planning, and season extension. Winter production planning helps farmers determine crop selection, planting selections, and price ranges so that they are able to take advantage of the “off” season and maintain a revenue stream all year long. And, regular farm visits ensure strong connections with growers and provide one-on-one guidance, assistance, and quality control.

Growers are feeling increasing pressure from buyers to meet stringent food safety standards, and new federal regulations governing farms are currently being implemented. To help growers stay ahead of the curve, Local Food Hub has developed an internal Quality Assurance Program. Growers receive training and support to create and implement customized food safety plans for their farms, and verification that they have met Local Food Hub standards.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, a government- and industry-recognized standard in food safety, is among the highest regarded credentials available. Because the certification process is challenging and there are high costs associated with compliance, Local Food Hub offers cost-share programs and training for growers interested in becoming GAP certified. Ten Local Food Hub growers have achieved GAP in 2015, thanks to the help of our hardworking Director of Grower Services, and join a handful of farms that already hold GAP certification. Get to know all of our growers and learn more about their on-farm practices.

Population(s) Served

The Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program is a produce prescription program that provides biweekly deliveries of nutritious food items, along with educational materials to low-income, low food access households in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. The program serves the dual purpose of supporting the local food system - all food for the program is sourced from small, independent farms in the region, and farmers are paid a fair price for their products. The educational materials include details on farm sources, a detailed description of each item, storage and preparation tips, and easy-to-follow recipes. In order to mitigate the transportation barriers that prevent many people from accessing food, shares are delivered directly to participant houses. Participants are enrolled for a year. Program impact is measured through annual surveys and end-of-year focus groups.
A Fresh Farmacy bag includes 8-12 locally-sourced items, in quantities large enough to supplement the diet

Population(s) Served

In 2022, Local Food Hub launched a series of no-cost farm stands in low-income, low food access communities. Each farm stand supports up to 125 households by providing them with fresh produce, chicken, eggs, and value-added goods, along with educational resources,

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people

Local Food Hub is a founding member, and the current backbone organization of the Eastern Food Hub Collaborative, a network of 12+ food hubs across the East Coast who are committed to sharing best practices, collaboration,and inter-hub transactions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

-A new population of eaters connected to where their food comes from
-Reductions in diet-related diseases and improvements in public health
-New markets for the very smallest of this region’s family farms
-A system where farmers, customers, and the community are connected to one another and to the source of their food
-The efficient movement of food from small farms to the wholesale marketplace, and to those who need it most
-Sustainable land stewardship, enhanced public health, and a vibrant local economy
-Financial sustainability for Virginia’s small family farms
-Adoption of best practices and sustainable farming techniques
-Greater safety, transparency, nutrition, and taste in the region’s food supply

-Partnership: Local Food Hub works with every farm on production planning, marketing, food safety, product development, and more.
-Planning: Local Food Hub works year-round with its partner farms to help them plan crop selection, quantities, and price ranges so that they can maximize their investments and feel secure about their place in the market.
-Health: Partnering with area health clinics, Local Food Hub supplies free produce “prescriptions” to patients who are at risk for certain diet-related illnesses, along with recipes and cooking classes.
-Schools: Local Food Hub works with City Schoolyard Garden and Charlottesville City Schools on a monthly fresh snack program. It also works with nutrition directors in eight regional school districts, as well as private schools and universities, on local sourcing for their cafeterias.
-Hunger: Local Food Hub donates or supplies thousands of pounds of produce each year to area food banks and hunger relief organizations so that fresh, local food makes its way into feeding programs for those most in need.
-Safety: Local Food Hub has assisted 15 of its partner farms to achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, a government- and industry-recognized standard in food safety that is among the highest regarded credentials available.
-Quality: Local Food Hub has developed an internal Quality Assurance Program to help farmers navigate changes in food regulation and the demands of the wholesale marketplace.
-Quality: Local Food Hub maintains Good Handling Practices certification for its warehouse, an industry- and government-recognized standard in food safety that is among the highest regarded credentials available.

Local Food Hub has a well-qualified and experienced staff, as well as 10 years experience working with small farms and wholesale buyers. Due to our position in the food system, we are uniquely situated to work with all key groups to increase access to local food and support small family farmers.

Since our founding in 2009, we have:

-reinvested approximately 10M in the local economy
-partnered with 75+ local farmers and producers
-distributed food to hundreds of schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and more, throughout Virginia and into DC and Maryland
-worked with 7 health clinics to provide food access and education to hundreds of vulnerable community members and their families
-provided local food to thousands of Virginia schoolchildren through Farm to School and Harvest of the Month
-assisted 15 farms in attaining Good Agricultural Practices through technical support and cost-share
-provided farms throughout Virginia with critical food safety, technical, and planning support
-As of June 2019, merged distribution operations with a mission-aligned food hub in Northern Virginia, 4P Foods, promoting the development of a more efficient and sustainable food distribution network.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2017 Local Food Hub report 2017 (1).pdf
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.95 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of LOCAL FOOD HUB’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $128,018 $447,212 $125,124 $169,493 -$230,395
As % of expenses 18.1% 106.2% 8.0% 14.4% -23.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $105,630 $437,723 $123,075 $169,493 -$230,661
As % of expenses 14.5% 101.7% 7.8% 14.4% -23.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $834,418 $861,164 $1,714,104 $1,343,163 $948,043
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.2% 3.2% 99.0% -21.6% -29.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 6.9% 46.1% 34.6% 17.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.3% 0.8% 1.0%
Government grants 7.7% 2.6% 8.4% 29.3% 33.6%
All other grants and contributions 62.3% 38.9% 44.5% 34.4% 48.2%
Other revenue 29.9% 51.5% 0.7% 0.8% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $706,400 $420,946 $1,573,375 $1,173,403 $990,575
Total expenses, % change over prior year -8.9% -40.4% 273.8% -25.4% -15.6%
Personnel 78.0% 73.7% 20.8% 33.9% 43.1%
Professional fees 5.7% 4.9% 3.2% 2.5% 0.0%
Occupancy 1.0% 2.5% 0.7% 0.1% 0.3%
Interest 0.7% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.6% 18.5% 75.3% 63.5% 56.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $728,788 $430,435 $1,575,424 $1,173,403 $990,841
One month of savings $58,867 $35,079 $131,115 $97,784 $82,548
Debt principal payment $0 $93,219 $0 $1,100 $0
Fixed asset additions $58,379 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $846,034 $558,733 $1,706,539 $1,272,287 $1,073,389

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.4 4.4 2.5 5.5 5.6
Months of cash and investments 3.4 4.4 2.5 5.5 5.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2 20.3 6.4 10.3 9.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $200,576 $152,942 $328,670 $533,908 $460,281
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $71,659 $16,460 $27,003 $38,597 $559,944
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $138,388 $957 $957 $957 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.1% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 32.8% 3.1% 6.3% 5.3% 15.7%
Unrestricted net assets $274,335 $712,058 $835,133 $1,004,626 $773,965
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $88,305
Total net assets $274,335 $712,058 $835,133 $1,004,626 $862,270

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Kristen Suokko

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ken Kipps

College Foundation, University of Virginia

Term: 2020 -

Amy Yancey

Steve Bowers

Zooey Brown

Anna Payne Fife

Robin Gilliland

Martha Hodgkins

Julie King

Kristina Koutrakos

Wendy Philleo

John Blackburn

Kathryn Barker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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