Non-profits usually struggle with a lack of volunteers to do the work that needs to be done.
In the case of Ruby’s Pantry in Readfield, the program needs more people to serve.
Because of this problem, Rev. Ginna Kubinski, a pastor along with her husband, Brian, at Jubilee Gospel Church, is concerned about the longevity of the food distribution program.
“Over the past few months, the number of participants to the program has declined,” Kubinski said. Because of this, the founders and directors of Ruby’s Pantry/Home & Away Ministries of Minnesota are considering closing the Readfield food distribution site.
“We believe there is still the need, as we continue to have new participants attend each month, both locally and from great distances,” Kubinski said.
However, if the number of participants does not improve over the next month or two, the Christian relief effort will have to concede to the director’s wishes.
Ruby’s Pantry is not a government funded program. As their brochure says, it is a hand up, not a hand out. A $15 cash donation is used to offset transportation costs and assures the continuation of this program.
“Everyone is welcome,” Kubinski said. “All who are in need of extra groceries to make it through the month qualify. You are the only one who evaluates whether you have a need or not.”
Recipients enjoy an abundance of nutritious food. How much depends upon what comes the week of the distribution and what is warehoused. On average, participants receive at least a $50 value of food and at times as much as $150 or more.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with distribution ending at 10:30 a.m. Also note, those who are unable to come the day of distribution can send someone on their behalf to get the food.
Kubinski said that those who would like to see the program continue should either go to receive food for themselves or a family in need on Dec. 3, or inform someone they know who could use the help that Ruby’s Pantry provides. Gift Certificates are also available.
“As Program Coordinator for our location, I can’t emphasize enough how much fun everyone has and the family feeling we have grown to have with our volunteers and participants alike. We are able to meet more than just food needs, but also in prayer, job leads and lifting each other up.”
Jubilee Gospel Church is located on State Highway 96 in Readfield, south of New London. They ask that participants bring their own bags, boxes or baskets to transport food. Call 920-982-6086 or 715-754-5709 with questions.