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New Pop-Up Pantry Location Starting September 19th  Austin, MN

Upcoming Events:   2019 Ruby’s Pantry Annual Conference

   REGISTER NOW!  October 4-6, 2019 – North Heights Lutheran Church, Arden Hills, MN
    To learn more about the Conference and register, click here:  2019 Ruby’s Pantry Annual Conference

What is a Pop-Up Pantry ♥

Ruby’s Pantry holds Pop-Up Pantry’s in a number of locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin every month. Ruby’s Pantry is faith-based and is organized and hosted by a group of volunteers from a local church. A Pop-Up Pantry is held either at the church location or at a site easily accessible for guests.

There are no income or resident limits/requirements and you can attend a Pop-Up Pantry at any city/state location.

What to Expect at a Pop-Up Pantry ♥

There is a $20 cash donation per food share at the Pop-Up Pantry location. You can pre-register for some of the Pop-Up Pantry sites using a debit or credit card.

We recommend you bring 2 boxes, baskets or totes with you to the Pop-Up Pantry for your food share distribution.

When you arrive at a Pop-Up Pantry for the first time, you will need to register and sign in.  This registration is simple and requires no documentation – 2019 Guest Registration Form (Please type your information, print, sign and bring with you to the Pop-Up Pantry). After the first time attending, you will not need to register and will simply sign in. You will be provided a number and once your number is called, you will go through the line to receive your food share. 

Some Pop-Up Pantry locations offer pre-registration. You can pre-register for a time slot and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The shares designated for a pre-registration are only a portion of the total number of shares available at that location. If pre-registration slots are filled, you can still attend a Pop-Up Pantry location and sign in when you arrive. In the event you pre-register and can not attend, you can send someone to pick up your share or a food certificate will be issued for you to pick up and use at the following month during registration.


Ruby’s Pantry Mission: To activate people in being 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.

Latest News & Events


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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Planned Giving

What is “PLANNED GIVING?” Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to charities through your financial and estate plans. Ruby’s Pantry welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements. These arrangements can: Provide for you or your loved ones Entitle you to charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions Enable you to leave a […]

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