What is Ruby's Pantry?

Ruby's Pantry is simple: Over 170 companies donate food and household products, and Ruby's Pantry coordinates getting those distributed within communities through 'pop-up' locations.

We understand the need for affordable groceries, and Ruby's Pantry helps provide to those in need AND ... to everyone! If you eat, you qualify.

Each guest gives a $25 donation and receives an abundance of grocery items called a "share". Ruby’s Pantry is not government funded and is a 501 C3.  Each donation is used to cover operational costs like trucking, gas, and warehouse staff. No one is ever turned away due to ability to donate. All of the food is donated by corporate food donors making it possible to reach more families each month at locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa.


This event needs 50 - 75 VOLUNTEERS every distribution day.

Volunteers are needed from 1:30 - 7:00 pm on distribution day. Various shifts and duties are needed so you can choose what works best for you. People are needed to assist with unloading the semi, unpacking the food, packing guest packages, assist with guest parking, carry guest packages to their cars, and cleanup.

To volunteer, register at www.rubyspantry.org. Click on Volunteer.

  • Select Start Application
  • Do you have an existing account? Yes or No
  • Complete requested information
  • At the bottom of the application, select Yes, I'm volunteering with a group.
  • Group Name: Lord of Life Church
  • Main Contact Person for the Group: Mary Lou Spann
  • Select if you would like to be contact individually or only with a group.
  • Click Sign and Submit the Application.

Ruby's Pantry will be in contact with you regarding your application and your information will be forwarded to Lord of Life.

Please come and be the hands and feet of Jesus to bring an abundance of food to our neighbors!


Distribution takes place between 4:30-6:00 pm. Scheduled distribution dates are as follows:

  • September 29, 2023
  • October 27, 2023
  • November 24, 2023
  • December 22, 2023


Food from Ruby’s Pantry is delivered in units called “shares”. A share includes a variety of foods that manufacturers have over-produced. Foods are refrigerated, frozen or non-perishable. 


For a CASH Donation of just $25, each guest will receive a Ruby's Pantry "Share". Guests can receive more than one share.

Day of Distribution, bring a $25 CASH donation with you.

What Is In A Share?

The variety of food changes each month depending on what manufacturers have over-produced. We do not know what is coming each month. When available, a list of the day's foods (subject to change) will be posted on our Ruby's Pantry/Ramsey, MN Facebook page the afternoon/evening before distribution day.

Suggestions for making the best use of Ruby’s Pantry food shares:

  • Don’t grocery shop for several days before the distribution date! 
  • Clear out your refrigerator and freezer to be ready to accept the abundant food you will receive! 
  • For those food items your family does not like, be ready to bless others, family, friends, neighbors with items you wish to share! 
  • Bring back the box the next time you come to LOL! This will help tremendously in sourcing these boxes.