Good Shepherd Lutheran Church/Ruby's PantryGood Shepherd Lutheran Church/Ruby's Pantry
To procure and distribute corporate surplus food and goods to help fight poverty, hunger and disease in rural communities in the United States for those with low resources and in crisis through churches, food shelves and other local civic organizatio... Read more
To procure and distribute corporate surplus food and goods to help fight poverty, hunger and disease in rural communities in the United States for those with low resources and in crisis through churches, food shelves and other local civic organizations. To develop the "Blessing Box" concept to activate people in being alert to the needs of others and to be proactive in encouraging, showing friendship and meeting tangible needs of struggling neighbors, friends and strangers regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
The best place to store surplus food is in people’s stomachs! Therefore, we have made an effort locally to provide food to individuals without question. To qualify, they just have to be hungry and be able to eat!
Ruby's Pantry is "a hand up, not a hand out." In reality, people feel good helping the organization with a small financial contribution. Participants receive an abundance of food. Often the families will leave with over $100 or more worth of groceries.
Ruby's Pantry holds food distributions in a number of locations primarily across the northern tier of Minnesota and Wisconsin. When attending one of our distributions you are truly a guest and partner in this ministry. A guest because our volunteers are there to serve you with enthusiasm and partner because you are given an "opportunity for dignity" by donating $20 to help cover the operational cost. Ruby's Pantry has no government funding. It is primarily funded by the contributions of our guests. Approximately 97% of the people who attend our distributions contribute the $20. Please bring cash to help to simplify bookkeeping and two large boxes or laundry baskets.