Making Thanksgiving affordable for Anoka-Hennepin families

Fare For All, a Twin Cities-based food program, will be making Thanksgiving more affordable for Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 families with the sale of $30 holiday packs.

Each holiday pack includes a turkey (up to 10 pounds), a whole chicken, a pork tenderloin, green beans, corn, cranberries, bread, pumpkin pie and an additional meat item.

The packs will be available on Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 Fourth Ave., Anoka.

All Anoka-Hennepin families are eligible; there are no income restrictions.

“Many families have been forced to cut back on fresh produce and lean meats because of ever-shrinking food budgets,” said Sophia Lenarz-Coy, the program manager for Fare For All.

“[This] is designed to help make affordable, healthy foods available to those families – especially during the holiday season.”

Fare for All, which was established in 2007 by the Emergency Foodshelf Network, purchases fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats in bulk and passes on the savings to anyone who wants to stretch their food budget. Participants in the program save up to 40 percent on their food purchases.

Lenarz-Coy said the program is designed to supplement people’s grocery store purchases, providing them with produce and meat items that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The end result is that households who utilize the program have access to and consume more nutritious staples.

When it launched in 2007, Fare For All served about 5,000 homes across the Twin Cities. Now, 37,000 homes are served, demonstrating the need many Minnesotans have for affordable, nutritious food, Lenarz-Coy said.

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