This past month, some of our BLEND staff had the pleasure of volunteering with Fare for All. This non-profit organization, sponsored by the Twin Cities-based The Food Group, seeks to make quality food affordable to everyone. They accomplish this task by purchasing real food (fruits, veggies, and meats) at bulk discount rates and assembling packs of food for the customers. Each day, their trucks visit two sites around the state, averaging a monthly visit to each location. In Central MN, we are able to participate at sites in Little Falls, St. Cloud, and St. Joseph.
The items within the boxes vary slightly, depending on availability. However, you can always count on there being produce, mini meat, and mega meat packs along with special ‘hot buys.’ All of these items are at about a 40% discount from regular grocery store prices. As an example of the selection, October’s produce box included potatoes, carrots, celery, apples, oranges, kiwi, pears, and onions, while the hot buys were radishes and Cornish game hens.
The program is open to everyone no matter income, race, age, etc. Simply stop by a drop site near you! The larger the customer base, the better the bulk discounts, and everybody wins: it truly is FARE for ALL. To learn more, check out their website here.
If you’re looking for the fixings for a holiday meal, holiday packs will be available in November and December. The $30 special will include turkey in November (ham in December), sausage, pork tenderloin, chicken wings, green beans, and a pumpkin pie!
Upcoming 2016 dates (including the holiday pack), from 3:30-5:30 PM:
November 7 and December 5 @ Little Falls and St. Cloud
November 14 and December 12 @ St. Joseph
This blog was written by Emily Ackerman.
Emily is the current MN GreenCorps member serving with CentraCare Health Foundation in the BLEND offices. Her project this year will be incorporating Farm-to-School initiatives into four sites within the St. Cloud area. Her education background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with hopes to attend PA school in the future. She is a self-described foodie with an interest in local gardens and creating better access to healthy food!