WHY DOES EVERYTHING COST SO MUCH?

Do you ever wonder how in the world you're going to cover the costs of all your bills? Especially when things happen that are sort of out of your control? Like electric bills being twice as high as they were before? What about gas prices? How can it even be legal to do what they are doing to us right now?

I don't know about you, but I live paycheck to paycheck. Those types of costs really hurt my finances. The problem is, we still have to make things work right? We still need to put food on the table. Recently, I discovered the most awesome service that can help all of us, called Fare For All.

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FAREFORALL.ORG

I interviewed Stephanie Wagner, who is the Program Manager of FareForAll.org. She explained to me that Fare For All is a low-cost grocery sales program that offers fresh produce and frozen meats at affordable prices. The program was started so that everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. Many times the foods that are the most accessible are not necessarily nutritious. The Fare For All program aims at changing that for people here in central Minnesota.

There are no sign-ups or qualifications that you have to meet to utilize this program. In fact, the more people that utilize the program, the better off we all are. Fare For All Accepts Cash, Credit cards, and EBT.  You do not have to be considered a low-income family. We all know that bills are bills, and the more of us that work together to support this program, the more we are helping everyone in central Minnesota. Fare For All also does their best to support local growers in our area.

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HOW IT WORKS

Fare For All is a bulk system, so everyone that comes will receive the same produce box, the same frozen meat box, etc. There are some options that you can buy separately, but the idea is buying in bulk is cheaper.  The great volunteers at Fare For All spend a lot of time separating the bulk items into boxes for those that utilize the program.

Stephanie said you can go to the website to sign up for notifications on when Fare For All will be in our area, and then just show up. No need to bring boxes or grocery bags. Everything is ready to go. You can purchase just produce, just frozen meat, or a combination of everything they have.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Check the dates below to see when the next Fare For All event is coming to an area close to you.

ANOKA
May 26th: 4-6 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
1601 South 4th Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303

BLAINE
May 19th:  3-5- pm
Christ Lutheran Church
641 89th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55434

BLOOMINGTON
May 20th: 11 am - 1 pm
Creekside Community Center
9801 Penn Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431

BUFFALO
May 10th: 4-6-pm
Zion Lutheran Church
1200 MN-25
Buffalo, MN 55313

BURNSVILLE
May 25th: 3-5-pm
Burnsville Senior Center, Door 11
200 Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

CHASKA
May 26th: 4-6- pm
Crown of Glory Lutheran Church
1141 Cardinal Street
Chaska, MN 55318

COTTAGE GROVE
May 5th: 4-6-pm
All Saints Lutheran Church
8100 Belden Boulevard
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

EAGAN
May 10th: 3:30-5:30 pm
Easter Lutheran Church By The Lake
4545 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55122

ELK RIVER
May 6th: 2-4 pm
Central Lutheran Church
1103 School Street NW
Elk River, MN 55330

FRIDLEY
May 27th: 10 am-Noon
Fridley City Senior Programs
6085 7th Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432

GOLDEN VALLEY
May 27th: 11 am- 1 pm
Animal Humane Society
845 Meadow Lane North
Golden Valley, MN 55442

LITTLE FALLS
May 9th: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Bethel Lutheran Church
901 Broadway West
Little Falls, MN 56345

MANKATO
May 23rd: 3:#0-5:30 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
105 Hosanna Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

MAPLEWOOD
May 16th: 3:30-5:30 pm
Redeeming Love Church
2425 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN 55109

MINNEAPOLIS
May 20th: 1-3 pm
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS
May 13th: 11 am- 1 pm
Laborers Local 563
901 14th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

NEW HOPE
May 18th:3-5-pm
St. Joseph Catholic Community Parish Center
8701 36th Avenue North
New Hope, MN 55427

NORTH BRANCH
May 11th: 3-5 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
38460 Lincoln Trail
North Branch, MN 55056

NORTHFIELD
May 12th: 3:30-5:30 pm
St. Dominic's Catholic Church
104 Linden Street North
Northfield, MN 55057

OAKDALE
May 23rd: 3:30-5:30 pm
Grace of God Lutheran Church
420 Hayward Avenue North
Oakdale, MN 55128

ONAMIA
May 4th: 3-5-pm
Veterans Club Inc.
38692 US-169
Onamia, MN 56359

RED WING
May 3rd:  3-5 pm
Church of St. Joseph
435 W 7th Street
Red Wing, MN 55066

RICHFIELD
May 24th: 1-3-pm
Richfield Community Center
7000 Nicollet Avenue
Richfield, MN 55423

ROSEVILLE
May 17th: 3-5-pm
Real Life Church
2353 North Chatsworth Street
Roseville, MN 55113

SOUTH ST. PAUL
May 24th: 4-6-pm
Central Square Community Center
100 7th Ave North
South St. Paul, MN 55075

ST. CLOUD
May 9th:  3:30-5:30 pm
Salem Lutheran Church
90 Riverside Drive SE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

ST. JOSEPH
May 16th: 3:30-5:30 pm
Resurrection Lutheran Church
610 County Road 2
St. Joseph, Mn 56374

ST. LOUIS PARK
May 18th: 4-6-pm
Vista Lutheran Church
4003 Wooddale Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

ST. PAUL (FROGTOWN)
May 25th: 2-4-pm
St. Stephanus Lutheran Church
739 Lafond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

ST. PAUL (WEST 7TH)
May 6th: 10 am-Noon
West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida Street
5St. Paul, MN 5102

STILLWATER
May 17th: 4-6-pm
Community Thread
2300 Orleans Street West
Stillwater, MN 55082

WHITE BEAR LAKE
May 13th: 1-3 pm
Community of Grace Church
4000 Linden Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

If you'd like to see the complete schedule and all dates scheduled through 2022, you can click HERE for updates on dates, times, and locations.

 

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