Ruby’s pantry goes for round 2Following a successful food distribution last month, Zion Lutheran Church is gearing up for another.
Following a successful food distribution last month, Zion Lutheran Church is gearing up for another.
The Ruby’s Pantry site provided about 500 shares of food to hundreds of Northland families last month. The response was overwhelming, organizers said.
“If the need is there for this type of distribution, we want to be providing it,” said Patrick Ziems, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church.
The October distribution will take place Monday at the church, 2022 E. Second St. A second Ruby’s Pantry will open at Christ Lutheran Church, 320 N. 28th St., on Oct. 18. Registration at both sites begins at 4:30 p.m. with food distribution 5-6:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive about 2:30 p.m.
“The fact is that there is a real need in our community and that people are working with limited resources,” said Michelle Sternberg, promotional coordinator for Ruby’s Pantry in Superior. “It’s important for folks to know that they have an option to attend one or both distributions monthly.”
Ruby’s Pantry offers food donated by large corporations to the public. Each $15 share provides enough food to fill up a laundry basket or two, and people can buy as many shares as they want. There are no income guidelines to meet. Anyone who eats qualifies.
“The hope is to truly make sure that people have good food to feed their families,” Sternberg said. “Ruby’s will give people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify, or consider going to a free food pantry, an option for a hand-up at a very low cost.” She said organizers hope the distributions lessen the strain on local food shelves.
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