'Ruby's Pantry' offers emergency food to needy
A new food distribution program is coming to Menahga. "Ruby's Pantry" provides corporate surplus food to those in need with no income restrictions. "Many rural service organizations have little or no funds to help provide the basic necessities fo...
A new food distribution program is coming to Menahga.
"Ruby's Pantry" provides corporate surplus food to those in need with no income restrictions.
"Many rural service organizations have little or no funds to help provide the basic necessities for people with low resources and in crisis in their communities," program coordinator Karol Andreason wrote in a letter to the Menahga City Council.
The program kicks off Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga.
But a permanent location will be needed for future distributions since the church won't always be available.
Andreasen came before the council Monday night to ask if the city's fire hall could be used on the first Saturday of every month.
The council was concerned about using the fire hall because of liability issues and also removing all of the equipment and trucks during the time of distribution.
Councilman Joel Mickelson suggested readdressing the program at the next meeting, with fire chief Dave Kicker present, after investigating with the insurance carrier.
Councilwoman Maxine Norman agreed but added the fire hall is a public facility that should serve the taxpayers.
"We have to look at this as an opportunity and not an obstacle," she said.
The program requires a $15 donation to help cover fuel costs and in return, participants would receive between $100 and $150 worth of food.
For each $15 paid, $3 will be put in a fund that will be designated to help community members in case of a monetary emergency, Andreasen said.
The food is delivered in a semi truck. Volunteers will then put the food on tables and pass it out as people come through with boxes or containers they brought.
Before getting the food, everyone must register, sign a liability waiver and get a number then wait for their turn.
"It's a wonderful experience and I hope you can come partake in it on Oct. 3," Andreasen told the council.
The first distribution will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and the food will be given from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.