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Ruby’s Pantry ready to kick off Thursday

Ruby’s Pantry, the faith-based initiative which helps people struggling with food needs, is set to open on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Grace Lutheran Church.

The pop-up pantry, held every third Thursday of the month, is run solely by volunteers.

The service is open to all when they purchase shares for a cash donation of $20 for each share. Shares will include 18 to 20 items each month, which will include one meat item, one dairy item and one bread item each.

Share’s purchased can be used by the individual shareholders or donated to a friend, a neighbor or relative. The idea is to help people stretch their food dollar and to get neighbor helping neighbor.

Registration starts at 4 p.m. and food distribution will be from 5-6:30 p.m. To make use of the service people should bring a $20 cash donation and two boxes, baskets or totes.

There are no income or residency requirements to participate. For more information call 1-507-433-3445 or visit www.rubyspantry.org.