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What's A Non-Food Pantry?

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What's A Non-Food Pantry?

     Owning the least expensive house on the block is good - ask any realtor. Having the lowest income is not – ask the 15,000 or so Hamilton County, IN, residents living at or below poverty level in a county known for its above-average incomes and cost of living. With virtually no assistan... Read More

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     Owning the least expensive house on the block is good - ask any realtor. Having the lowest income is not – ask the 15,000 or so Hamilton County, IN, residents living at or below poverty level in a county known for its above-average incomes and cost of living. With virtually no assistance programs beyond food pantries. Food is necessary for life. Weather, work, & school-appropriate clothing, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products are quality of life necessities. Freedom of choice and responsibility over choices can restore dignity, self-confidence, and hope - intangible quality of life necessities.  

    Marilyn’s Place Non-Food Pantry will look and operate like any small-town goods and clothing store: shoppers have a variety of products to choose from, limited funds, and the responsibility to decide which products are worth using those funds to have. But instead of a carrying 1 or 2 brands, forms, etc. of 100’s of categories of products, we will offer every brand, size, and form of 32 categories of personal hygiene and cleaning supplies we can get. The clothing, footwear, and accessory (belts, ties, etc.) inventory will be similarly focused, offering items that add purpose and style to covering body parts. And instead of cash our clients will pay with voucher points issued and refilled every 30 days until our assistance is no longer needed.  

    We leased a great space at 1106 S. 8th St., just south of downtown Noblesville, that doesn’t need much work to change it from doggie spaw to non-food pantry. But contractors don’t work for free, shelves and racks aren’t free, sign and insurance and software – not free either. By doing most of the work ourselves and volunteer painters, furniture rehab-ers, etc. we believe we can get the work done, purchase and install fixtures, and fill the racks and shelves for $3000. 


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What's A Non-Food Pantry?

Hilary Ricks, on behalf of

Marilyn's Place Incorporated

Food is necessary to live. Situation-appropriate clothes, hygiene items, & cleaning products are necessary to live productively with minimal discomfort. Hamilton County IN has food pantries but no access to non-food quality of life goods. With your help, Marilyn’s Place Inc. will change that.

Hilary Ricks

Hilary Ricks graduated from New Palestine H.S. and holds a BA from IU-Bloomington and a JD from the IU Indianapolis School of Law. She practiced criminal defense for 32 years before retiring in June of 2018. By September she had committed to co-found Marilyns Place Incorporated with Glenn Conn.

Noblesville, Indiana

Recent Donations

  • $10.00

    Glenn Conn Conn

    20 days ago

    Hi Hilary. Glad to help and get us started.

  • $25.00

    carrie skeen

    24 days ago

    It's difficult to feel successful during a job interview or even in life, if a person is wearing sweats & slippers !