Ridgefield Public Schools has announced that it is partnering with Ruby’s Little Pantries for a holiday food drive.
The Little Pantries were started last year by 12-year-old Ruby Weiner (pictured right with Scotts Ridge teacher Emily Shiller and superintendent Susie Da Silva) When the Little Pantry, formerly at St. Stephens Church, closed last year, Ruby wanted to find a way to provide for families during COVID. She won $500
grant from Youth Service America. Clark Construction jumped at the chance to partner with Ruby and built the first Little Pantry, and then four more, for free. Now Ruby has five pantries.
Superintendent Da Silva said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for us to learn from a student that small actions can have a big impact. We look forward to coming together to make giving back part of our district. »
Last year, Ruby worked with the student council at Scotts Ridge Middle School and teachers Autumn Hoey and Emily Sherwill. Today, the initiative has spread to nine schools. Ruby suggested pairing schools with a Little Pantry near them, so we did it according to the schedule below. However, families are welcome to use any pantry that works for them. RPS families in need can put wish lists in individual pantries. RPS has also installed a collection bin outside the new central office at 90 East Ridge Road.
Please note that pantries have limited space. The District requests that only non-perishable goods with an expiration date after December 30, 2021 be donated. Ruby says macaroni and cheese is always a pantry favorite. Since the pandemic, the City Hall Pantry has been helping families access food differently.
For more information on how to donate to local families in need, please visit Ridgefield Social Services.
Pantry 1 Ridgebury Congregational Church
605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Ridgebury Elementary and Ridgefield High School
Pantry 2 Jesse Lee Church
207 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Barlow Mountain and Branchville Elementary
Pantry 3 Nature’s Temptations
32 Prospect St, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Scotland Elementary and Scotts Ridge Middle
Pantry 4 Wooster Hollow Cafe
659 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Farmingville Elementary School
Pantry 5 Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield
41 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Veterans Park Elementary and East Ridge Middle