River Falls Area Hospital join in area coalition to bring Fare For All to area

For more information, contact: Tim Burke, 651-409-3030

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 11/2/2018  River Falls Area Hospital and a collection of community organization are bringing Fare For All to River Falls. Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers and manufactures to find the best deals available, then prepacks the produce and meat in food packages that are sold at a great discount to anyone who prepays and orders ahead of time.

"As a part of Healthier Together, a coalition including St. Croix and Pierce County health departments, and four local hospitals, we completed a Community Health Needs Assessment," said David Miller, River Falls Area Hospital president. "One of the priority concerns for the area is obesity. We know that eating healthy can cost more and Fare For All helps deal with that problem by providing healthy, nutritious food at a great savings."

River Falls Area Hospital, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, United Way, Our Neighbors Place, River Falls United Methodist Church and Chartwells, the University's food service company, joined to create Fare For All for River Falls.

" Fare For All is able to use buying power, we are providing great value for anyone who wants to participate, but particularly for families that experience food insecurity, such as college students and for individuals who do not qualify for the food shelf," said Miranda Thorsen, a River Falls Area Hospital employee and Fare For All volunteer. "Fare For All is open to anyone and the more who participate the better buying power we have when it comes to buying in bulk. But we have focused our efforts getting the work out to local food shelves, housing authorities, school districts, back pack programs."

Fare For All orders will be accepted at: 
   • Our Neighbors Place
     122 W Johnson St, River Falls WI
     10:00am– 4:00 pm Monday-Friday
   • University Center-UWRF
     Riverside Commons– 500 Wild Rose Ave, River Falls WI
     7:00am-7:30pm M-F, 10:30am– 6:30 pm Sa-Sun

Orders must be placed by he Thursday before the distribution date. Upcoming distributions are scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2018, and Jan. 22, Feb. 19 , March 19, April 16, May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 in 2019.

For more information, please call 715-307-6003.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services.