About Fare for All

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 best deals. Fare For All is community supported and open to everyone- there are no qualifications to participate. The more people who shop, the better the value becomes for everyone.

Fare For All has 38 locations throughout Minnesota where our food packages are sold once per month.

Click here to see this month’s calendar!

Fare For All makes every attempt to remain open during severe weather, but if all area schools are closed, our trucks can’t function properly, and/or our operations staff determines that the trip is unsafe, we will cancel the site sale via email and Facebook.

How Does it Work?

Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufactures to find the best deals. 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. All are welcome to shop with FFA! 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.

Find an Express location (stop and shop)

Find a pre-order, pre-pay location

Click to view a presentation on the program and volunteer opportunities!

Fare For All Videos:

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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. Click here to find a location near you!

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 sent from trusted wholesale partners all over the country or locally grown.

Q: What does the date on the meat I purchased indicate?

A: The date on your meat package is a “freeze by” 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. The top priority is the health and safety of our customers, so Fare For All is very strict in following USDA guidelines on food dating, storage, and usage. 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 packs, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance at 763-450-3880 or [email protected].