What is Ruby's Pantry?
Ruby's Pantry is an organization that distributes overstock corporate food from our church to families in our community, using a drive-thru distribution process. Purchase a share for a $22 donation and get over $150 of food to use or share with friends, neighbors or family members. There is no income limit or residence requirement to participate, however there is a two share limit per vehicle. The pantry is held each month at the church on the third Saturday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. No pre-registration is required. St. John's is pleased to provide this Christian outreach program to serve our area.
Because of increased fuel, warehouse, and transportation costs, effective November 1, 2021 the cost of one food share will be $22.
What to expect when you get there?
There will be one-way traffic in the area. Enter the church parking lot off of County Road Z. It is preferred that you get to the church by coming down County Road Z from the west. Because of the increased traffic, no left hand turns will be allowed into the parking lot. Parking attendants will be on hand to direct you where to proceed. When the distribution starts, you will proceed around to the south side driveway where you will park. Pop open your trunk and/or back seat. Two food shares maximum are allowed per vehicle. Please have only the driver and the other food share passenger in the vehicle. Remain in your vehicle at all times. Because of the amount of food, your trunk must be EMPTY. Especially if getting two shares, the back seat should probably be empty as well. Food shares are pre-bagged. Volunteers will load the food in your car and you will proceed out the driveway leading to Old Oregon Road.
If the parking lot is full, park along the south side only of County Rd Z and wait to be directed into the parking lot.
WE DID IT!!!!! For the first time since our pantry started, our 300 shares in October were sold out. Thank you to all who participated and to all the volunteers. We couldn't do it without you! We are pleased we again sold over 300 shares in December. Our next pantry will be held Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Below are photos from our first Ruby's Pantry held in April.
Getting food organized in the fellowship hall.
Volunteers lining up to fill shopping carts with food.
Cars are lining up in the parking lot.
Loaded shopping carts waiting to unload into cars.
Filling cars with their share
Look at all that food !!! All for a $20 donation!
What kind of food will we get?
About a day prior to the scheduled pantry, we are provided with a partial list of items to be included in a share. Check here each month to see what will be in this month's share.
A partial list of food items for December is:
Bars, chips, misc candy, misc dry, potatoes, snacks, cereal, cookies, water, goat cheese, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, produce, yogurt, pizza, french fries, ham, sausage
**Remember to bring your cooler for the frozen/cold products**
Just a reminder that the contribution for a share has increased to $22 - still a great bargain, tho. If possible, please bring the exact amount. Thank you.
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED !!
Volunteers are needed between 7 a.m. and noon. There are many jobs to be filled of all capabilities, including set-up, unloading the semi, sort and count the food, fill shopping carts, load food into cars, clean-up. Some volunteers should be physically capable of consistently lifting 10-20 lbs., being on their feet, bending, and moving at a quick pace. Gloves are available to anyone handling the food products.
To fill out a volunteer form or for more information on Ruby's Pantry, click the link below.
Wanted: PLASTIC and PAPER BAGS Also CARDBOARD BOXES
We are in need of paper and plastic grocery bags. They should be clean and without holes. No bread bags or similar type bags. Instead of taking them to the grocery store, please consider recycling them to the pantry. We can also use any sturdy cardboard boxes for packing smaller items. You can put them on any table in the fellowship hall and we will collect them from there. As always, thank you for your continued support.