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Food Distributions

2015 Statistics for Food Distributions

  • 132,092 Families Served at Distributions
  • Estimated 356,648 Individuals
  • $ 257,415.30 given to the distribution sites for benevolence/local expenses
  • 11,786,961 pounds of food given out at distributions
  • 13,901,923 pounds of food received from donors
  • 2,114,962 pounds of food shared with other organizations
  • $23,772,288 of food handled

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. We do not sell food!

When you arrive at a distribution for the first time you will need to register and then sign in. This is a simple registration that requires no documentation. After the first time you will need to simply sign in. The $20 is paid first, then your registration form is handed in/signed in and you will be given a number.

Then you will wait until your number is called and you will go through a line where the food is then placed in your boxes. Although you aren’t required to take anything that you do not want we encourage you to take it and share with your family members, neighbors and friends.

There will be help for you to carry out your boxes to your car.


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25 Responses to Food Distributions

  1. Donald w white April 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Where is a place near where I live. I live in Hopkins, mn

    • Ruby's Pantry April 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

      The two nearest Ruby’s Pantry Food Distributions to your location are Savage, MN and Forest Lake, MN in that order. Please find more details by searching for Hopkins, MN then increasing the miles to within 50 miles on our Locations Page:

  2. kathy leick April 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Why can’t I find the Isanti food list?

  3. Sunshine Crowe August 11, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    Why is it if a person don’t have $20 to donate, the Workers tell you you can’t come back until you have the “donation”? You are only allow one “free.” trip:

    • Ruby's Pantry August 11, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      We offer a “hand up not a hand out.” Most of our distributions are in remote locations and we ask for a $20 cash donation to cover the immense costs of the trucks that bring the food.

  4. Michel September 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    I live near Hutchinson MN – Are you ever coming this way?

    • Ruby's Pantry September 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      We do not have plans or a sponsor at this time; however, we would like to open a distribution in your area. Therefore, if you know of a church to sponsor a Ruby’s Pantry Food Distribution in your area, please either have them contact us or send us their information.

  5. Linda Schons October 23, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    How long are you open each Sat.?

    • Ruby's Pantry October 24, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Each Distribution Site will run for approximately 1.5 hours. Please visit our Calendar … or Locations Page then type in your zip code to find the nearest distribution to view that site’s specific details.

  6. James October 27, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    If you come to the distribution center alone, can you take one load to your car and come back for the second?

    • Ruby's Pantry October 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

      Yes; however, there will be volunteers available to assist you to your car with the food.

  7. Casey November 27, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    If I did pre-register a share an paid for to pick up two shares do I still have to fill out registration form an bring with? I don’t have a way to print it out at all.This is the first time I am coming to this.

    • Ruby's Pantry November 29, 2016 at 10:18 am #

      A registration form is required to be completed once per site per year. Therefore, if this will be your first time then yes, you’ll need to complete a registration form; however, you can do so once you arrive at the distribution site.

  8. LIONEL JOHNSON December 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Good food – thank you. It helps with home expense.

  9. Samantha p December 13, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    When are you coming to Detroit lakes?

    • Ruby's Pantry December 13, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

      Our first distribution in Detroit Lakes was held yesterday, 12/12/16, and will be held the 2nd Monday of every month. Please visit the Detroit Lakes Locations Page for more information, or our Calendar.

  10. Paige z January 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Can more then one person per house hold come in to get a share?

    • Ruby's Pantry January 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm #


  11. Matt January 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    I am going to the Lebanon site on Tuesday. Can I get two shares?
    I want to help someone in our neighborhood.

    • Ruby's Pantry January 9, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

      Certainly … as many shares as you’d like.

  12. Rose Christian January 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    Have you thought of expanding your area to MO?

    • Ruby's Pantry January 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

      Yes, we’re working on expanding into both MO and IA.

  13. Travis Lewis January 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    Can you pick up for yourself and someone else? And if so, should I have them fill out a registration form before I come?

    • Ruby's Pantry January 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Yes. Yes, if possible. Otherwise you can obtain 2 shares and give one away.

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