Do you want to eat healthy without “breaking the bank”? Check out Fare for All, a cooperative food buying program with a new location in South Minneapolis!
Open to everyone, Fare for All sells packages of fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats for up to 40% less than grocery store prices. Food sales take place one Wednesday a month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E. 31st St. Upcoming 2012 distributions include Oct.17, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12.
Come between 5 and 7 p.m. to visit the distribution. No pre-registration is required. Because Fare For All buys food in bulk, the more people who participate, the better! They accept Cash, Credit/Debit cards and EBT.
Fare For All began in Minnesota in 1986 under the name of Fare Share, as part of SHARE, the nationwide network of Cooperative Food Purchasing Programs. It was run locally by Ramsey Action Program (RAP), a nonprofit in St. Paul.
RAP started Fare Share in order to encourage volunteerism and stretch food budgets. When it first began there were 20 host sites; this number grew to approximately 200 sites within a five year period. At its peak in the early 1990s the program distributed an average of 40,000 packages per month within Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa and South Dakota.