A Note from Sophia

Optimism Outshines Challenges

It’s spring! The greenhouses at Big River Farms are brimming with seedlings ready to be planted. The weather this spring has been unpredictable at best yet it’s the time of year where we know summer is on its way. The sun is shining longer and I can’t help but be filled with renewed optimism for our farmers and the growing season.

My optimism comes alongside the global challenges and uncertainties our community faces. Inflation is soaring and we haven’t seen food and gas prices this high in decades. These costs impact all of us, especially those already feeling the stress of budgets not going as far as they did even months ago. Moments like this are when our work at home is even more important.

Mobile Markets

With your continued support, Fare For All and Twin Cities Mobile Market are sharing fresh, affordable, and nutritious groceries with people and in places that need them most. We continue to meet more families who need food access programs as their budgets are stretched for essentials and food.

twin cities mobile market bus with open doors and two people about to board and shop

Hunger Free Schools

We are also working at the policy level to support the Hunger-Free Schools Act, a statewide initiative that would ensure all students in MN public schools continue to receive free breakfast and lunch next school year. This would be a major step forward in easing building pressure from the emergency food system while ensuring all kids have the nutrition they deserve to learn, grow, and thrive. 

Thanks to you, our supporters, for continuing to invest in a more just and equitable food system. Together we can continue to expand our mobile markets, enrich farmers, grow more crops, and share nourishing food with people in our community.

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We’re a nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to fresh, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide fresh food across 30+ counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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