The best place to store surplus food is in people’s stomachs! Therefore, we have made an effort locally to provide food to individuals with a minimal amount of documentation. Please bring your recent utility bill and your driver’s license or some other form of picture I.D.

Ruby’s Food Shelf is here for you in your time of crisis. Our friendly volunteers will make you feel at home and provide you with emergency food relief. However, because of the limited amount of food available, you are limited to one visit per month.

When you arrive at a Ruby’s Food Shelf for the first time you will need to register. Remember, you will need a copy of your current utility bill and picture I.D. Only one person per month is eligible per household with the same address.

Then you will wait until you are called and a volunteer will help you shop. There is a predetermined number of items. You aren’t required to take anything that you do not want.

The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation has been offered a matching grant opportunity to fight hunger in Burnett and northern Polk Counties. Thanks to the matching grant, every dollar raised will be matched up to $4,200. Why? Because 12.8% of Burnett County residents are food "insecure" or 1,970 people. In all of Polk County, 10.8% experience hunger or 4,730 people. All funds raised will be divided evenly among the area food shelves: Ruby's Panty Food Shelf and Greenhouse, Siren; Connections, Webster; Grantsburg Area Food Shelf, Grantsburg; Family Pathways, Frederic. Click Here to learn more. Click here then click on the Donate button to donate to Northwest Alliance Community Foundation.



Ruby’s Food Shelf is a community outreach program of Home and Away Ministries. It is a 12 year old 501 C3 Minnesota non-profit corporation.

There were 1554 households served in 2014.


If you would like to volunteer contact......

We have many positions open including:

  • Every other Friday, 12-2 General Volunteer
  • Substitute Volunteers M-W-F
  • Volunteers who can lift to help unload the delivery truck every other Wed from 10:30-1:00
  • Volunteers who want to help plan a fundraising event
  • Truck driver for our box truck. Clean driving record and current license required.
  • Help with gardening program.


Monday 10:00 am - 2:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

We ask that people arrive 30 minutes prior to closing and they bring something to show that they are a resident of Siren or Webster school district.

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