A new wave of food clubs is popping up across the country, with new ventures like Boochi Food Club and The Good Food Project aiming to promote healthier eating habits and create new businesses.
The new wave is sparking concern among some in the food industry, as they fear that they could create a new industry that would bring in new tax revenue.
“The industry is already in the middle of a very volatile market,” said Richard Gorman, president of the American Beverage Association.
And with consumers in a downward spiral, he said, new food chains are a risk.
Food is a huge part of a family, so we want to be as respectful of families as we can, said Gary Buechner, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The Good Food project is looking to provide affordable meals to the poor, according to a Facebook page set up by a group of nonprofit organizations.
The goal of the project is to give food to people who are already struggling financially, but not as much financially as they might be used to, said the group’s co-founder, Matt Guehl, a registered dietitian and author of The Foodie’s Guide to Making and Keeping a Healthy Life.
He hopes that the project will help people “feel less stressed about the food they’re eating and more confident about the quality of their food.”
It is also a great way to build a business, said Mark Tully, founder and CEO at Foodie, a startup that helps people find healthy, locally grown food.
I believe that it is a great idea, he added.
But it’s not a solution to the problem of poverty, said Tully.
If you’re in a place where you don’t have enough food to eat, there are a lot of places to find cheap groceries and there are lots of places that sell the stuff that you need.
You can’t just throw that money at people and expect them to be able to find healthy food, said Richard Gluck, director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I think it’s a really important part of the conversation,” Gluck said.
More to come on the latest food trends.