The Food Group has a founding belief that everyone deserves access to healthy food- no matter who they are or where they come from. To meet the need for healthy food in our community, The Food Group’s Fare for All program stays busy travelling across Minnesota each month, bringing nutritious foods at a low cost to those who are looking to stretch their food budgets!
What is Fare for All?
Fare for All travels to 38 Express sites and 17 pre-order/pre-pay sites throughout Minnesota every month. This mobile grocery program, which operates as a volunteer-led social enterprise, offers variety packs of fresh produce and frozen meat items at about 30% lower cost than typical grocery prices.
This program is completely open to the public- there are no income guidelines or residential restrictions to participate. Express locations offer a quick, affordable, and streamlined opportunity for anyone to stop and shop for meat and produce and stretch their grocery budget.
Fare for All Pack options include:
- Mega Meat – 7-9 meat items for $25
- Mini Meat – 3-5 meat items for $11 (always pork-free)
- Produce Pack – 12- 15 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Combo Pack – Mini Meat & Produce Pack together for $20 (saves $1.00)
- A monthly special item, called a “Hot Buy”
Fare for All runs similarly to a co-op in that the more customers participate, the more items we can offer in the packs at the same low prices and the better the value becomes for everyone.
Holiday meals on a budget
While Fare for All does operate year-round, the busiest time of year is fast approaching- holiday season!
During November and December, Fare for All offers special “Holiday Packs” in addition to the normal produce and meat packs offered throughout the year. The Holiday Packs feature those exalted holiday meats- a turkey in November and a ham in December, along with several other items to build a well-rounded holiday supper.
This year’s November Holiday pack will include:
- One 8-10 pound Jennie-O turkey
- Two pounds of chicken breast
- Pork breakfast sausage
- One pound of turkey breast strips
- One pound of sage pork sausage
- One pork tenderloin
- Two pounds of green beans
- One apple pie
For $30 you’re set for your entire Thanksgiving meal! The December pack will be similarly sized and feature a 9-10 pound Hickory smoked, spiral cut ham in place of the turkey.
Volunteers make it possible
During the bustling holiday season, extra volunteers are recruited in addition to our wonderfully dedicated year-round volunteers. Every week, kind souls share their time and talents by packing meat and produce packs, stocking and running the Warehouse Sales, and assisting with office tasks. The Fare for All program could not operate without their tireless efforts and we are grateful to have such a great crew. If you have a group interested in volunteering, please check out the current opportunities here!
Find a Fare for All near you
Holiday packs will be available at all Fare for All locations throughout November & December. Click here to find the one nearest you or follow Fare for All on Facebook to stay up on all the latest news!
This post was written by Lindsey Countryman, Fare for All Program Coordinator. Questions? Contact Lindsey.