Fare Foods

208 Cherry Lake Road
Du Quoin , IL
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Fare Foods
Du Quoin, IL Full time
Posted on April 30, 2018


We deliver to Nascar events, Indy 500, Kentucky Derby and Festivals! 


Salaried pay with bonuses

401K with match

Health Insurance

Weekends Home


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Fare Foods Corp

208 Cherry Lake Road

Du Quoin, IL 62832 

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We are based in the heart of the Midwest in Du Quoin, IL .

With our two main warehouses located in Du Quoin, IL and Tampa, FL, home to their respective state fairs, we are located in the prime areas to service the fair season in Florida and in the Midwest.
 Porter Foods was started in 1958 by Raymond and Carolyn Porter. Beginning out of 
two refrigerated truck bodies in the backyard of Ray and Carolyn’s home, they serviced the Du Quoin, IL area. Food deliveries were made to hospitals, schools, churches, and restaurants and eventually, service was expanded to over a 70 mile radius.

    One group of customers was the concessionaires at the Du Quoin State Fair, which 
has been in Du Quoin since 1923. When the fair came to town, Ray and his son Ron would walk the midway and take orders. Ron was in grade school when he met these concessionaires and took their orders while “Dad” chatted up the operators.

    As Ron grew older, he became an integral part of the family business. When Raymond retired in 1989, Ron took the helm and Porter Foods continued to serve the Southern Illinois area. In 1993, Frank King of King Food Service, a native of nearby Herrin, IL, called Ron asking him to bring some supplies to his next fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Having never shipped foods out of the area before, Ron was hesitant but once he did 
the math, traveling south didn’t seem too impossible.

    Once he showed up at the fairgrounds to deliver stock, four white pickup trucks with Texas plates came up to him and asked Ron who he was and if he was going to be back tomorrow so they could buy some stock. Those trucks belonged to the McKinney family from Hughes Springs, Texas, who remains loyal customers still today.

    On this trip to Tulsa, Ron realized he had found a niche business opportunity that 
no one else had filled. Concessionaires needed a reliable source for their product, and someone that had enough warehouse space to store the concession foods and supplies. Ron was going to deliver to concessionaires ON SITE and supply them with any food, equipment, or disposable goods they needed. Not having to load their stock trucks and carry product around from fair to fair was a huge selling point to concessionaires, and Ron was willing to be there and service their needs.

    Ron continued to deliver to fairs and festivals under a new corporation name: Fare Foods. He started developing customers by attending trade shows, conventions, and traveling to various fairs; just hoping to recruit some people to use his service. 
And use it, they have!

    Its estimated that over half of a fair’s “joints” have used our incredible service and our fleet of nearly 25 semis, vans, box trucks, and cargo vans. We have traveled from Miami to Calgary to Albuquerque to Loudon, New Hampshire.

    Fare Foods has grown into an eight-figure business with over 40 full and part-time employees. These employees have traveled across North America to serve concessionaires and carnivals wherever they move.

Our Du Quoin Warehouse

Fare Foods has become known as the ultimate name in concession supply and fair foods for the mobile concessionaires that want their product delivered to them, no matter where they are.

Fare Foods provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Fare Foods complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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