ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Foodworks Alliance met with county commissioners for the first time in awhile.
They discussed what they have been doing this year and the plans they have for next year. Some of these updates includes them building clients, improving processes and they wanted to make sure that the commissioners understood the value of Foodworks Alliance.
Carol Humphreys, Interim Director of Foodworks Alliance said, “Foodworks Alliance actually is a licensed kitchen so anyone who wants to produce their products can come in there and make it legal. The State of Ohio has a lot of rules and we make sure that all those are abided by.”
Everyone who works for Foodworks Alliance currently are volunteers. One of their current clients is Houston Farms, a grower that sells products like pickles and salsa and another one is Lap It Up, who sells kombucha tea.
“The importance really is that so individuals can take their ideas to market. It’s not unusual for someone’s family to say oh that is the best salsa that i’ve ever had you should put it on the shelves and sell it well we are the proving grounds,” Humphreys said. “We’re able to help them make sure it is sellable, it can make money and it’s a good business to develop.”
Foodworks Alliance is always welcoming volunteers and due to some lack in funds they would happily accept donation. You can contact Humphreys for more information at (740) 868-7342 or find more information on their website.