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Volunteer Highlight | Jim Rypkema

Jim Rypkema is the first volunteer truck driver in 2003 that went to companies to pick up food for Ruby’s Pantry. Often there was no money for fuel and Jim would fill the trucks out of his own pocket to make sure the food was picked up and available for families. Jim and his wife […]

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Volunteer Highlight | Gary Chaffin

Gary Chaffin with his wife Adel. Gary is one of the founders of Home and Away Ministries and served on the board for the first two years. Gary was active volunteer in Ruby’s Pantry doing almost anything he was asked to do. He is retired in Richfield, Minnesota.

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Donation Amount Change

Because of the difficult economic conditions and the ever increasing costs of operations, Ruby’s Pantry is increasing the donation amount for all food distributions from $15 to $20. Thank for your kind understanding and encouragement to us.We are doing all we can do to increase the variety and poundage of food at each distribution. And…. […]

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Our Mission

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 […]

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Blessing Box

The “Blessing Box” concept is not complicated. From time to time there is food left over from a local distribribution. This food is divided into the same “shares” that our guests recieved at the distribution. Volunteers then take the Blessing Boxes and deliver them to someones house, put them on the steps, knock on the […]

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Our History & Heritage

Our First Food Pantry Today’s Distribution Center Ruby’s Pantry has a rich heritage as a community outreach of Home and Away Ministries, Inc., a 501 C 3 non-profit corporation. However, its beginning roots extend back to an online inspirational called the ChurchMouse Chronicles which started in 1997. Lyn Sahr, the founder, had been a pastor for […]

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Ruby A. Flodin, The inspiration for Ruby’s Pantry

She taught us that people were worth more than things!   Ruby lived in Western Wisconsin for 89 years. Although she had little, she always shared what she had with others. She had a large garden that was grown in the most sandy soil you have ever seen. But God always blessed Ruby with a […]

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Ruby’s Pantry is an established organization that distributes corporate surplus food directly to the families in rural communities. Our distribution eliminates one step in the distribution process which saves both time and money. By eliminating one step in the distribution process we are able to get your donation in the hands of people quickly, sometimes […]

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Ruby’s Pantry is a 12 year old 501 C3 Minnesota non-profit corporation. In 2014 it distributed 11,809,775 pounds of food primarily in rural communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. An additional 5,253,373 pounds of food were also shared with other food banks. 128,618 families participated in 2014 at over 50 distribution sites. Primarily our distribution sites […]

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Ruby’s Pantry holds food distributions in a number of locations primarily across 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 […]

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