Nonprofits Help Farmers Bring Food to Schools

Nonprofits Help Farmers Bring Food to Schools

Food hubs are places that can serve many small farmers from a single site, and there are a few hundred food hubs in the U.S. Something like an aggregator, forwarder and expeditor, a food hub is both a facility and a service provider that has the tools, equipment, space, and marketing expertise to allow small farmers to reach new buyers. Food hubs enable wholesalers to meet regulatory standards for preparing and storing their produce for new markets.

The Green Acre is one food hub in Minnesota that helps farms sell local produce to 20 area schools.

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Philanthropy Beyond Grantmaking

Philanthropy Beyond Grantmaking

A new Minnesota nonprofit, the Venn Foundation, is offering a streamlined approach to using an underutilized tool in philanthropists’ tool kits. Venn aims to provide philanthropic organizations and foundation with the outside expertise and legal structure that will allow them to make more loans. Specifically, Venn will focus on facilitating program-related investments (PRIs): below-market-rate loans that can provide flexible working capital for a range of causes. 

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