Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality, nutritious food. We buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. We select the best food from our shipments, pre-packaging it to give you the greatest deals. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone. The more people who participate, the better.
Fare For All has thirty-eight locations throughout Minnesota where our food packages are sold once per month.
How it works
Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufactures to find the best deals available. Volunteers at our warehouse pre-pack the produce and meat into food packages that range in price from $10 – $30. These packages are for sale at all of our sale locations. Fare For All is open to everyone – there are no qualifications to participate. Because we purchase in bulk, the more people who participate the better. We visit each location once a month, for two hours at a time and accept cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards. No personal checks please.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any qualifications to purchase food through Fare For All?
A: There are no qualifications or income restrictions; the program is open to everyone. No pre-registration or pre-payment is required. To shop at an Express Site, no pre-registration or pre-payment is required. Click here to find a location.
Q: Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
A: Yes, absolutely. Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.
Q: Can I pay with a check?
A: Unfortunately not. Fare for All is unable to accept personal checks.
Q: Where does the food come from?
A: All the food is purchased through wholesalers, manufacturers, or growers. The produce, depending on the season, is either locally grown or sent from all over the country.
Q: What does the date on the meat I purchased indicate?
A: The date on your meat package is a freeze by date, not an expiration date. Fare For All guarantees that the meat you receive has been hard frozen since before the freeze by date. Once frozen, the meat is safe to eat for up to two years after this date. Fare For All is very strict in following USDA guidelines on food dating, storage, and usage – especially about food dating. For more information on food dating visit the USDA Website.
Q: How is Fare For All able to offer food at such a low cost?
A: Fare For All uses a cooperative food purchasing model that utilizes volume buying power. Fare For All purchases produce and meat in large quantities at wholesale prices. Participants are then able to buy their share of the bulk order for up to 40% savings.
Q: Can I purchase food items individually or do I have to buy the entire package?
A: Fare For All buys in bulk using a cooperative food purchasing model. Packages of food are put together in order to utilize volume purchasing power. The savings is passed on to participants. Because of this, you must buy in packages. The only exception is at our warehouse sales, held every other Monday in New Hope. At this location, items are sold individually as well as in packages. Click here for more information on Warehouse Sales.
Q: Why is FFA an important community resource?
A: Fare For All provides nutritious food items at a lower cost than a typical grocery store. It helps families stretch their food budget and access the foods that tend to be most expensive. Most government and emergency food assistance programs serve only low income families, so Fare For All serves as a good resource both for those families, and families and individuals who don’t meet certain income requirements.
Q: If I purchase food through this program, am I taking away food from someone else who may need it more than I do?
A: Absolutely not. The more people who participate in Fare For All, the more purchasing power the program has. This means that greater savings will be passed on to customers!
Q: Does Fare for All run out of food?
A: Very rarely. The amount of food we bring to each location is based on the volume of sales from the previous year at that location. It is rare that we sell out of food, however it can happen- particularly during the extra busy holiday season.
Q: Is there a limit on quantities?
A: We reserve the right to limit quantities on the Hot Buy items, however we do not limit quantities on the mainstay packages (Mega Meat, Mini Meat, Produce or Combo pack). As a general courtesy, if you would like to purchase a quantity above five, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance at 763-450-3880 or [email protected].