Minnesota Valley Action Council Case Study

Amanda Mackie
Amanda Mackie

Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how the Minnesota Valley Action Council designed a self-sustaining Food Hub to prop up local businesses and connect growers directly to consumers.

Excerpt from the Case Study

The Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC), one of the nation’s 1,100 Community Action Agencies, is a regional leader in the fight against poverty. It develops a portfolio of self-sustaining social enterprises that meet the new and changing needs of its clients while creating reliable revenue streams in a time of decreased government funding.

shared vision


As the face of poverty changes, MVAC evolves its programming to encompass a diverse range of options and tools to meet people where they are. MVAC enlists its staff, clients and the wider community to generate diverse and creative solutions to fight poverty, create jobs and support the local economy.



In an era of shrinking resources and cutbacks, MVAC adopted an entrepreneurial lens to create new revenue streams to meet the needs of its clients. To advance its work, MVAC devised several social enterprise businesses that not only fight poverty, but contribute to the organization’s growth and sustainability.

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See how the Minnesota Valley Action Council has become a regional leader in the fight against poverty.