Founded in 2003 on the idea that people are worth more than things, Ruby’s Pantry serves families of all denominations and background in rural areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Its mission is to activate people in alert to the needs of others and to be proactive in encouraging faith, showing friendship and meeting tangible needs of neighbors, friends and strangers regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Ruby’s Pantry partners with a local faith community or civic organization to host Pop-Up Pantry distributions once a month at one of 75 designated Pop-Up Pantry sites. This food bank is difference from a food shelf, which is in a static location, in that it reaches out to guests and meets them where they live. Currently, over 11,000 volunteers are involved monthly at Pop-Up Pantry sites donating over 125,000 hours annually.
Ruby’s Pantry is honored to receive the Making a Greater Good donation. Because Ruby’s Pantry is funded entirely through donations, the funds will be able to assist individuals and families who are in need of food and grocery items and are not able to donate for their share through Blessing Boxes. The funds will continue to help the program offer emergency assistance to local families through these food donations at one of our Minnesota Pop-Up Pantry locations. ~Tracy Breault, Ruby’s Pantry