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Ruby’s Pantry to hold May distribution at fairgrounds

Due to safety concerns that are ongoing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the May Ruby’s Pantry distribution will be at the Mower County Fairgrounds on Thursday, May 21.

Like the Ruby’s in April, it will be a drive-thru with guests staying in their vehicles as Ruby’s volunteers place prepackaged bundles in their vehicles. There will be no registration required and there will be no Express Track option available.

Guests are asked to clear out a space in the trunk or back seat of the vehicle for volunteers to safely load their bundle. Guests will stay in their vehicle and keep the number of people in each vehicle to a minimum, preferably one or two people.

Each vehicle will be allowed only one bundle. To help with transportation and storage costs, a $20 cash donation is requested per bundle. Bring exact cash; however, prepaid credit codes will be honored. Guests should not bring their own containers as boxes have been donated by International Paper.

The Mower County Sheriff’s Department will help maintain safe traffic. Guests will enter the fairgrounds at the south gate on Eighth Avenue SW where volunteers will help line cars up and keep the process moving smoothly. Distribution will begin at 5 p.m. and go until the food is gone or there are no more guests.

In April, over 450 bundles of food and other items we’re given to residents. Each bundle includes two boxes full of donated items for a $20 cash donation.

Any questions should be made to  Grace Lutheran Church at 433-3445.

Volunteers are still needed. Anybody willing to help should also call Grace Lutheran.

Organizers wish to thank partners Thompson Sanitation, International Paper and the Mower County Fair Board.