Classes & Education

Teaching as a Tool for Transforming Lives

The Pantry’s vision depends on the premise that education plays a key role in breaking the cycle of generational and endemic poverty in the community. Teaching children to love reading is a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. Healthy lifestyle choices and eating fresh grown food, lead to wellness and financial savings that can help build assets, a necessary part of exiting poverty.

Summer Reading Hour

In conjunction with meal times during Meet Up and Eat Up program, scheduled when school in not in session, The Pantry offers a reading hour each day at noon. For more information, call 616-455-9411,

Summer Book Distribution

Each Friday during Meet Up and Eat Up season, we offer a weekly book giveaway for children ages 0-18. Each book is the child’s to keep and children can form quite a little library if they came all summer long.

Cooking/Health Classes

The Pantry partners with Spectrum Health, the YMCA, MSU Extension and others to offer classes in:

The dates and times of those classes will be posted to our Event Calendar as they become available.

Gardening Classes

These classes are geared towards neighbors who are interested in learning how to raise vegetables and tend a garden. We gift a 4’ x 4’ raised garden to several families each year who attend these classes, and also provide two 20’ x 20’ plots in a nearby community garden.

Recent Blog Posts

A Look Back -2017
Jan 17, 2018
Volunteers: The Heart of The Pantry
May 6, 2017