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Volunteer Highlight | David Meehl

David Meehl has been a volunteer driver, warehouse worker and handiman at Ruby’s Pantry since hos retirement in 2005. Words can never describ how thankful we are for Dave and his dedication to the Lord and this ministry.

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Volunteer Highlight | Shawn Moncrief

Shawn Moncrief was a faithful volunteer at Ruby’s Pantry since its beginning in 2003. He worked as hard as anyone making him a valuable volunteer. He overseen people being helped carrying out their food to their cars after they go through the distribution line. He has loaded and unloaded more trucks than he can remember […]

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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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