Ruby’s Little Pantry

What is Ruby's Little Pantry?

Did you know that there are families in Ridgefield who suffer from food insecurity? 

Here at The Meetinghouse, we have one of Ruby’s Little Pantries. It is a small structure located in the parking lot that holds donated food, free for those who need it.

Donated food

free for those who need it

This pantry was set up to protect the privacy of those with food insecurity because they could drive up to the outdoor locations and help themselves to what they needed.

Most Requested Items At All 5 Community Cupboards

Please Donate Smaller Sized Items vs Economy Sized Items for Client’s Ease of Lifting/Carrying, and to Accommodate Pantry Space

All Food Items Must Be Non-Perishable, Canned or Sealed Boxes/

Sealed Packages – No Fresh Food

Check Expiration Dates; Do Not Donate Any Items that Have Expired

Requested Canned/Non Perishable, Boxed or Packaged Food Items:

  • Coffee (Request for Instant Coffee/Any Brand; Maxwell House Ground Coffee; Dark Roast Coffee Pods; Decaffeinated)
  • Boxed Cereal (Request for Wheaties, Post Raisin Brand, Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Lucky Charms)
  • Oatmeal (Request for Plain; Instant Packs in Flavor Variety)
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Canned Corn (Request for Delmonte)
  • Caned Peas (Request for LeSeur)
  • French Green Beans (Request for Delmonte)
  • Canned Tuna in Water (Request for Bumble Bee)
  • Canned tuna in Oil
  • Canned Chicken
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (Request for Campbells)
  • Baked Beans (Request for B&M)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Canned Beets
  • Canned Petite Peas
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Beans (request for Goya)
  • Canned Yams
  • Canned Fruit
  • Boxed Crackers
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Canned Clementines
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Bars
  • Oreos
  • Microwavable Popcorn Packs
  • Fruit Snack Packs
  • Pudding Boxed Mix (Request for Butterscotch)
  • Boxed Jello
  • Tea Bags
  • Boxed Instant Potatoes
  • Rice (Regular and Request for Minute Rice)
  • Chips Ahoy Cookies
  • Planters Peanuts
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Cheez-Its
  • Boxed Oatmeal Cookies
  • Boxed Pancake Mix
  • Powdered Milk
  • Boxed Milk (Almond and Coconut)
  • Canned Soups (Request for Lentil, Chicken Barley)
  • Canned Chick Peas
  • Canned Kidney Beans
  • Boxed or Canned Juice
  • Mayonnaise (Request for Hellman’s)
  • Canned Spaghetti (Request for Franco American)
  • Boxed Pasta
  • Spaghetti Sauce – Jars
  • Canned Whole Tomatoes (Request for RedPack)
  • Canned Crushed Tomatoes (Request for RedPack)
  • Canned Tomato Paste (Request for Contadina)
  • Mild Chili (Request for Hormel)
  • Boxed Milk
  • Applesauce
  • Soup
  • Cooking Oil
  • Pancake Mix
  • White Vinegar (Smaller Size, Easier to Lift)
  • Stop & Shop Brand Instant Oatmeal, Unflavored Plain

Requested Non-Food Items:

  • Napkins
  • All-Purpose House Cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Ajax
  • Clorox Liquid Bleach
  • Tide Laundry Detergent
  • Poise Pads
  • Depend Shields
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Ginger Ale
  • Ajax Laundry Detergent (40-60 loads)
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Napkins
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • All-Purpose Cleanser (Request for Lysol)
  • Furniture Polish
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • ZipLock Plastic Bags, All Sizes
  • Unscented Detergent Pods
  • Detergent
  • Softener
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Liquid Dish Soap (Request for Palmolive Original)
  • Floor Cleaner and Polish
  • Brillo Pads
  • Bath Soap (Request for Dove)
  • Liquid Detergent
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand Soap
  • Dobie Pads
  • Arm & Hammer Fragrance Free Laundry Soap/Liquid – not more than 50 Oz.
  • Tide Fragrance Free Pods
  • Fragrance Free Downey Liquid Fabric Softener
  • Any Fragrance-Free Dryer Sheets
  • Seventh Generation Fragrance Free Window Cleaner; Seventh Generation or
  • Nature’s Promise Free and Clear Fragrance Free Dish Soap
  • Fragrance Free or Seventh Generation Non-Chlorine Bleach (Hydrogen Peroxide in Base)

Requested Specialty Items or Dietary Restriction Items:

  • Low Sodium Food Items (Nothing Specific)
  • Low Sodium Soups
  • Low Sugar Food Items (Nothing Specific)
  • Low Fat Food Items (Nothing Specific)
  • Sugar-Free Pudding and Jello Mixes,
  • Sugar Free Drinks
  • Sugar Free Spaghetti Sauce
  • Unsweetened Applesauce (Request for Mott’s)
  • No-Salt Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste (Request for Hunt’s)
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Gluten-Free Corn Flakes
  • Agave
  • Multi-Grain Crackers
  • Gaterade/Sugar Free Gaterade
  • Ensure, All Flavors
  • Boost
  • A1 Steak Sauce

Requested personal, hygiene and feminine needs not covered by SNAP:

  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers and baby wipes (all sizes) (small packages to fit in pantry)
  • Tooth paste
  • Shampoo, and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Menstrual health products (all sizes and shapes) (small packages to fit in pantry): tampons, sanitary pads
  • Incontinent products (all sizes and shapes) (small packages to fit in pantry):
    pads, liners, disposable briefs
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