In the first six months of operation, Ruby's Pantry in Cohasset has assisted the hungry of the area with thousands of pounds of food. The new location opened in July of 2011, and is one of 32 different Ruby's Pantry distribution sites. In part because of expansion of services and sites, 2011 was a record year for Ruby's Pantry donations, providing nearly 6 million pounds of food to more than 70,000 families across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
And in the only half year that the Cohasset branch has been in operation, it has served nearly 2,500 participants more than 138,000 pounds of food. According to Erin Skalicky, Administrative Assistant for Ruby's Pantry main office in Pine City, Minn., the Cohasset site is becoming "one of our bigger sites."