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Community kitchens for food processing

Health Factors: Diet & Exercise
Decision Makers: Employers & Businesses Local Government State Government Grantmakers Nonprofit Leaders
Evidence Rating: Expert Opinion
Population Reach: 1-9% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: No impact on disparities likely

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Description

Community kitchens that support licensed, commercial food processing activities meet city, state, and federal health guidelines and allow specialty food processors, farmers, caterers, and others to produce value-added goods at relatively low cost. Kitchen clients are charged for the time they use the kitchen and frequently share their expertise with each other. Community kitchens can be run by many types of organizations including non-profits, private for-profit groups, universities, and state governments (UW CIAS-Kitchens). 

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Strengthened local & regional food systems
Increased food security
Improved local economy

Evidence of Effectiveness

Community kitchens that support licensed food processing are a suggested strategy to strengthen local and regional food systems (USDA-Community facilities), increase food security (USDA-CFPCGP), and enhance local economies (UW CIAS-Kitchens). Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.

Interviews with community kitchen organizers suggest that having clear goals, detailed plans for long-term profitability, and committed leadership are key factors for success (UW CIAS-Kitchens). 

Implementation

United States

As of 2013, there are 315 community kitchens that support licensed food processing in the US registered with CulinaryIncubator.com (Culinary incubator).

Wisconsin

As of 2013, there are 15 community kitchens that support licensed food processing in Wisconsin registered with CulinaryIncubator.com (Culinary incubator). 

Implementation Resources

AgMRC-Kitchens - Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC). Kitchen incubators. Accessed on November 24, 2015
LHC-Rockeymoore 2014 - Rockeymoore M, Moscetti C, Fountain A. Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit. Leadership for Healthy Communities (LHC). 2014. Accessed on March 1, 2016
UW-FBIN - Food Business Innovation Network (FoodBIN). Resources for incubators. Accessed on November 19, 2015

Citations - Description

UW CIAS-Kitchens - Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). Community kitchens: Key elements of success (Research brief #54). Accessed on November 20, 2015

Citations - Evidence

USDA-CFPCGP - US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP). Accessed on February 10, 2017
USDA-Community facilities - US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Community facilities programs. Accessed on February 10, 2017
UW CIAS-Kitchens - Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). Community kitchens: Key elements of success (Research brief #54). Accessed on November 20, 2015

Citations - Implementation

Culinary incubator - Culinary Incubator. The source in shared part-time commercial kitchen rentals. Accessed on December 10, 2015

Page Last Updated

July 28, 2015