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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Providing the Ingredients for a Healthier Life

The Pantry provides the neighbors of South Kent County with essential ingredients to meet their basic needs and bring stability to their lives. By addressing a wide range of nutritional needs, The Pantry helps people through their most vulnerable times, and provides ongoing food assistance for families, seniors and children.

Emergency Support

We are happy to furnish groceries for those in immediate need during non-posted open hours — provided staff or volunteers are available. Please call 616-455-9411. If you have a need and no one is at the Pantry, please call 211 for other options.

Client Choice Pantry

The Pantry provides half-a-million meals for 10,000 local families a year. Neighbors are able to visit the Pantry once a month. We require a picture ID and something with a current address on it for each visit. At the Pantry, you will be able to select items from each need category based on the size of your household. Call 616-455-9411 Ext. 3 or email info@thepantry.gr.

Mobile Food Trucks

The Pantry hosts two mobile food trucks each year, in partnership with local businesses. The dates and times of those mobiles will be posted to our Event Calendar as they become available. Additionally, the Pantry has listings of mobile food trucks throughout the South Kent County area to share upon request.

N.O.W. Pantry

The Nutritional Options for Wellness (N.O.W.) Pantry provides weekly groceries for low-income people who have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. These healthy alternatives help them heal and manage their health conditions. For more information contact Brittany Gray at 616-455-9411 or via email at office@thepantry.gr.

Quarterly Commodities Distribution

On the first Thursday of March, June, September and December, the Pantry distributes a box USDA commodities – including a balance of frozen, dried and canned goods from each of the major food groups – from 9am to 2pm. People who come to receive a box sign a form self-declaring their need and verifying that their income is below 200% of poverty.

Senior Commodities

The Senior Commodities distribution serves residents of Summer Haven and Green Tree Apartments who have prequalified and preregistered for the program. Distribution takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month. Senior Meals on Wheels is also distributed the last Thursday of the month from 10am-1pm.

Summer Meals for Kids

When school is not in session, the Pantry serves as a Meet Up and Eat Up site. Through a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the USDA, we feed some of the 20,000 children who live in poverty in our service area who are in need of balanced, free meals a healthy lunch and a take-home snack.

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