Fresno's first free grocery store officially opens

Every dollar that is donated to Central California Food Bank is able to purchase up to four meals.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Fresno's first free grocery store officially opens
The Central California Food Bank has opened the doors at the first free grocery store in the Central Valley.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Central California Food Bank has opened the doors at the first free grocery store in the Central Valley.

First Fruits Market is designed to provide a dignified shopping experience to people experiencing hunger.

"Individuals accessing the market will not need to pay for groceries, and they do not need to utilize their CALFRESH benefits to be able to utilize First Street Market services, " explained Caples.

Shoppers will be able to choose from over 100 individual food items tailored to their cultural and dietary needs.

"Our goal is to have as many options available to them, to choose through, what fits their home and bring that home to enjoy," said Jacquelin Burke, Community Programs Manager with Central California Food Bank.

Options that you see in other grocery stores they're here, too, from well-known brands to dairy-free options, like oat milk and much more.

"We've had really specialty items that are available grown on small local diverse farms, and so those items will always be featured," added Burke.

Every dollar that is donated there is able to purchase up to four meals.

The market will be open three days a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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