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 locations in the greater Twin Cities metro area where our food packages are sold once a month. All our locations are cash and carry – there is no need to register in advance. Click here to find the location closest to you or click here to see what sales are coming up this week.
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 – $25. These packages are for sale at all of our Fare For All locations. To visit a Fare For All location, there is no need to register in advance or fill out any paperwork. Fare For All is open to everyone – because we buy food in bulk, the more people who participate the better. We try to fill our trucks for each location, so it is very rare that we run out of food. We visit our locations once a month, for two hours at a time. Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.
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Frequently asked Questions
Q: Why is FFA an important community resource?
A: Fare For All provides fresh, quality food items at a lower cost than a typical grocery store. It helps families stretch their food budget and access nutritious foods that tend to be more 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 for families and individuals who don’t meet certain income requirements.
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 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 – and especially about food dating! For more information on food dating visit the USDA Website.
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: May I use my Credit or Debit Card to Purchase Food?
A: Yes, absolutely. Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards. We do not accept personal checks.
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: 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.
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 onto our customers.
Q: Where does the food come from?
A: All the food is purchased through wholesalers, manufacturers, or growers. The food, depending on the season, is either locally grown or sent from all over the country.