Ruby’s Pantry begins operating this month on the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, thanks to a partnership between M State and the True Life church in Detroit Lakes.
M State and True Life will be sponsoring a monthly visit by the non-profit organization, which collects and distributes corporate surplus food items in rural areas. For a $20 donation, participants will get a “share” of approximately two laundry baskets of grocery items, including both food and paper goods.
Distributions will be on M State’s Detroit Lakes campus from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month beginning Dec. 12, said College Social Worker Kayla Simon, whose job includes exploring ways to reduce food insecurity among the college’s students. College students, faculty and staff will be among the volunteers staffing the monthly event.
Simon said there are no income or residency requirements. First-time users will need to register, however, and people should bring 2-3 laundry baskets or large boxes for each share they plan to purchase.
The donated food can include fresh produce, canned goods, meat, dairy products, and frozen and refrigerated items, depending on what surplus items have been provided each month. Simon said participants can expect to get 18-21 different items.
Ruby’s Pantry has more than 60 distribution sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The site nearest to Detroit Lakes is in Perham.
For more information, contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org.