Get bargain in groceries for doing volunteer work

Get bargain in groceries for doing volunteer work

Since my husband and I are trying to retrench financially, we are going back to a program we have used in the past here in Minnesota: Fare for All (Food And Resource Exchange). The way it works is that each month, participants pay $17.00 and receive $40.00 worth of quality fruits, vegetables and frozen meats. Several other packages are available each month – allowing participants to purchase a package or combination of packages that fit their needs. Participants can access the program once a month and are asked in return to volunteer two hours in their community. In 2005, this program distributed 687,183 pounds of food to 40,273 people, saving them nearly $685,000.
Fare For All stands for Food And Resource Exchange. Fare For All is a non-profit volunteer-based cooperative food-buying program that allows people to stretch their food purchasing power. It works because food is purchased by the truckload and the savings are passed on to you. Each month, Fare For All offers food packages that contain a variety of fresh, quality food items, including fruits, vegetables, frozen meats and staple items. Fare For All distributes packages in 37 counties in Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and western Wisconsin at localized Host Sites. In addition to great cost-savings in food purchasing, Fare For All encourages community service. Each participant is asked to contribute two or more hours of volunteer service each month. Fare For All is committed to the idea of people working together to improve their neighborhoods. By encouraging volunteerism, Fare For All plays a part in helping to build stronger communities. That’s a benefit to all. Fare For All is open to everyone. The more people that participate in Fare For All the better for everyone, as each additional participant increases our buying power. It is an opportunity for people to save money on food and build stronger communities through volunteering.
That's the program as it works in this area, but I believe that there are other similar programs operating in other areas of the country. Does anyone have info/links on similar programs elsewhere? Edited to add: Other similar organizations: Angel Food Ministries (Services host sites in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia) The Community Food Co-op of Utah Share Food Network (Serves Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania) Share Food Program (Serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Metro New York & Maryland Eastern Shore) Food Share (Serves Toronto, Ontario) Good Food Box Program for Ontario For the rest of Canada
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