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Wake County food hub gears up for second week

The next hub day is Saturday at kō•än in Cary.

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Kathy Hanrahan, Out
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CARY, N.C. — Wake County's first community food hub is gearing up for its second market.
Dubbed the ko.mmunity hub because it is based at kō•än in Cary, the market offers take-and-heat family meal kits, curated artisanal boxes and grocery items.

“As restaurants closed their dining rooms six weeks ago, the food supply chain began to fall apart, and local businesses’ income vanished overnight,” kō•än chef Drew Smith said. “The food supply chain is breaking, so we’re creating a new one."

Not long after the coronavirus closure, kō•än pivoted to become a one-stop grocery. This new hub will allow kō•än and other local businesses a place to feature their goods or meals with contact-less curbside pick-up and delivery.
Smith teamed up with Tabletop Media founder Kristen Baughman and local blogger Jenn Rice for the hub. Baughman talked about the project on Tuesday's Out and About podcast.
The ko.mmunity hub was inspired by Carrboro United, which serves the Carrboro area. The ko.mmunity hub will function in a similar way to Carrboro United, where customers can place orders online for pick-up on a specific day.
The second ko.mmunity hub day will be Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at kō•än, 2800 Renaissance Park Place in Cary. Orders need to be placed in advance online by 3 p.m. Thursday. Customers will receive their orders in a drive-thru setup, where their orders are placed in their trunks.


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