The people you can rely on at the Food Hub


Senior Project Manager
Shon Rainford


As Senior Project Manager for the Worcester Regional Food Hub, Shon Rainford provides strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Food Hub’s core operations.  Shon also provides business consultation and food safety training to food entrepreneurs.

Shon teaches ServSafe Food Safety Manager courses and proctors the exams. He is also trained in HACCP and Better Process Control School to assist entrepreneurs in the creation and monitoring of their food safety plans as well as prepare for municipal or state food permits.

Shon joined the Food Hub in February 2018 after leading teams at Heifer International, an organization that works with small farmers around the world to end hunger and poverty, as well as Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark in Charleston, South Carolina.  Prior to joining the non-profit world, Shon owned and operated a small retail business.

Shon is passionate about local, healthy food and supporting small farmers and businesses.  He lives with his wife and four children on a small farm in Rutland, Massachusetts raising chickens and bees.


Sales Manager
Susannah Hinman


As Sales Manager, Susannah oversees the purchasing, sales, and distribution of local food from the farms and producers in the Worcester Regional Food Hub’s network. 

Susannah came to the Food Hub in May 2017 from an almost decades-long career in wholesale organic produce sales in North Carolina.  Originally from southeastern MA, she developed an interest in the importance of sustainable food and farming systems while living in VT and working summers on several small, family owned farms and restaurants.  She enjoys using her background to contribute to central Massachusetts’ vibrant regional food economy.

Susannah lives in Worcester and loves exploring the area farmers markets and ice cream stands, and is excited to grow as many sweet potatoes as she can this summer.  


operations associate
joey hersh


As Operations Associate, Joey can often be found behind the wheel of the Worcester Food Hub box truck, picking up and delivering food, which helps to foster more robust distribution chains for small farmers. Joey also assists in the day-to-day operations of our kitchen space while also contributing sales, graphic design, and social media support. 

Joey has lived in Central Massachusetts for over a decade and developed an interest in food systems while enrolled in the Clark University Community Development and Planning graduate program. Prior to working at the Food Hub Joey explored many facets of the wine industry, most recently getting his hands dirty working at wineries in France and California. Joey has been a part of a broad range of community-based projects in Worcester, from helping plan a community bioshelter (or specialized greenhouse), managing an art gallery space and conducting research about our urban trees. 

Joey has spent the last few years traveling in far reaches of the world and in his spare time, Joey loves to garden, cook chaotically and kayak.