by Mike Knaak
Fare For All, a local non-profit food program created to make frozen meat and fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable and accessible to families celebrared the start of its fifth year in St. Joseph.
“The St. Joseph site is the largest attended site in our 30-year history” said Scott Weatherhead, Fare-For-All program manager. “Since March 2014 they have served (more than) 12,500 households representing in excess of 40,000 food packages. The site’s popularity has helped start new sites in St. Cloud, Little Falls, with satellite sites in Albany, Holdingford, Melrose and Paynesville.”
“We have some exciting events coming in the next few months,” said volunteer Jim Parsons. “In March a $30 Brunch Box featured a 5-pound Farmland boneless ham, bacon, pork sausages, hash browns, tri-color pepper mix, frozen blueberries and strawberries, shredded cheddar cheese and a package of Rhodes cinnamon rolls. This will be a wonderful Easter/Spring holiday box. In April, the Shoe Bus will return so everyone has an opportunity to buy new and gently used shoes for adults and kids for $2-$5 a pair, with all sales going to help buy food for food shelves.”
Fare For All sells packages of fresh produce and frozen meat at 38 locations throughout the year in Minnesota. With prices ranging from $10 to $30 per package, buyers can save up to 40 percent on their food purchases. The program has no income requirements.
The St. Joseph program is held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2 in St. Joseph. For additional dates and a map of Fare For All locations, go to www.fareforall.org. Call 763-450-3880 or 800-582-4291 with questions.