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Rubys Pantry coming to Platteville on first Thursdays
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Platteville United Methodist Church, 1065 Lancaster St., is sponsoring Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Platteville on the first Thursday of every month starting May 5.  

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with distribution from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

There are no income or residency guidelines to attend a Ruby’s Pantry food distribution. Ruby’s Pantry receives no state or federal funding and is funded primarily by the $20 donation per participant. “Guests” should bring two large boxes or laundry baskets to carry their food home. 

Ruby’s Pantry is in its 14th year of serving rural communities with donated surplus food and goods to fight hunger. It provides large quantities of food for distributions directly to families in 59 rural communities in underserved counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Starting with a pickup load of food in 2003 that they received by surprise, Ruby’s Pantry has grown to more than 11,000 volunteers that served 11,786,961 pounds of food to 132,092 families in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Eight more distribution sites are planned for 2016 to increase distribution to more than 150,000 families.

Ruby’s Pantry is a community food outreach program of Home and Away Ministries, Inc., a 501C3 nonprofit corporation with its distribution and outreach centers at North Branch, Minn., and Waupaca. For more information please see their website at, email or call (651) 674-0009.