Again, a more affordable Thanksgiving dinner

Hallie Q. Brown, Fare For All offer holiday  food bargain


 Staff will be waiting with your Holiday Pack on Nov. 13.
Staff will be waiting with your Holiday Pack on Nov. 13.

For the second year, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will partner with Fare For All to bring the holidays to community members. Fare For All, a local food program created to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable to Twin Cities families, will be selling its wildly popular Holiday Packs at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in the Summit University Neighborhood.

Fare for All purchases fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats in bulk and passes on the savings at 30 metro locations to anyone who wants to stretch their food budget. Participants in the program save up to 40 percent on their food purchases. With prices ranging from $10 to $30 per package, the end result is that families who utilize the program have access to and consume more nutritious staples.

The program has no income requirements and is open to everyone who is looking to save money. There are no forms to complete and cash, credit, debit and EBT cards are all accepted. As a result, monthly distributions at the Center have grown exponentially in their first year onsite, attracting neighbors from the wider area as well as regular visitors to other Center programming.

The twin pressures of increasing family food costs and holiday demand also translate into demand for this much-anticipated event. “Many families have been forced to cut back on fresh produce and lean meats because of ever-shrinking food budgets. The program is designed to help make affordable, healthy foods available to those families — especially during the holiday season,” said Sophia Lenarz-Coy, the program director for Fare For All.

Each $30 Holiday Pack includes an eight-12-pound turkey, a pork roast, boneless-skinless chicken breasts, a pork sausage roll, green beans, and an apple pie. The distribution will take place Thursday, November 13 from 4-6 pm.

The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is located at 270 N. Kent Street. For further info on the Center, go to Additional distribution dates and a map of Fare For All locations are available on Facebook or at

— Information and photo provided by Hallie Q. Brown