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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.

Neighbor’s Choice Pantry

The Neighbor’s Choice Pantry provides balanced monthly groceries to over 20,000 neighbors a year. At each visit, we require a picture ID for the person shopping and a document with a current address for each person in the household. At The Pantry, you will be able to select items from each need category based on the size of your household. For more information, contact Yoli Fuentes at 616.455.9411 Ext 1 or via email at

***The Pantry is re-opening April 1st! Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am- 1:45 pm     Thu: 6 pm- 7:45 pm

Monday: 1pm-4pm, Tuesday: 9am-3pm, Wednesday: 9am-3pm, Thursday: 2pm-8pm

Monday: 2:30pm-5pm, Wednesday: 1:30pm-4:30pm

Tuesday: 6pm-8pm, Thursday: 11am-1pm, 6pm-8pm

N.O.W. Pantry

The Nutritional Options for Wellness (NOW) program is a healthy lifestyle change program supporting under-resourced adults who have one of three chronic diseases: Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, or Chronic Renal disease.

The program serves 90 participants total at 7 different NOW sites in Kent County. NOW is a one-year program with five different components. The five NOW components are a weekly healthy food supplement (3-4 days of food), weekly connection to a NOW Coordinator for assistance with actively setting healthy living goals and case management, the requirement to participate in four healthy living classes each quarter (every three months), intentional connection with other NOW participants in their cohorts, and coaching with a transitional mentor at the completion of the program. NOW participants must actively engage in all five components.

How to get started:


Please email or call the NOW Program staff at Access of West Michigan with any questions!


McKenzie:      Nancy:

Phone Numbers:

McKenzie: 616-747-0991     Nancy: 616 –747- 0996

Fresh Market

The Fresh Market, a farm stand offering local Michigan fruits and vegetables, provides neighbors with access to fresh produce at half the normal cost. As a recipient of a collaborative grant from United Way, The Pantry Fresh Market- along with Access of West Michigan, North Kent Connect, SECOM Resource Center, The Other Way Ministries, and United Church Outreach Ministries (UCOM)- is working to improve food security and access to healthy options in the greater Grand Rapids area. For more information, contact Heather Armstrong at 616.455.9411 Ext 3 or via email at

Monday, Wednesday: 8:30am-3pm Friday: 8am-3pm

Quarterly Commodities Distribution

On the first Thursday of March, June, September and December, The Pantry distributes USDA commodities– providing a balance of frozen, dried and canned goods from each of the major food groups. Pick up is available from 9am to 2pm. To receive commodities, neighbors must sign a form self-declaring their need and verifying their income is below 200% of poverty.

Senior Pantries

Nearly 1 in 6 seniors in America are threatened by food insecurity. In response, The Pantry hosts 3 different senior Pantries. To learn more about seniors and food insecurity, please follow the link:

Senior Commodities: Residents of Summer Haven and Green Tree Apartments who have prequalified and preregistered for the program may pick up commodities on the 3rd Wednesday and Friday of the month.

Senior Meals on Wheels: Kent country residents who are 60 and older may pick up groceries on last Thursday of the month from 10am-1pm. Recipients must bring a valid ID and proof of income stating they are within 200% of poverty guidelines.

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 Grand Rapids Public Schools and the USDA, The Pantry helps some of the 20,000 children who live in poverty in our service area by providing a healthy lunch and take-home snack. For more information, call 616.455.9411 or email

Kibble Konnection- A Pantry for Pets

Sponsored by the Humane Society, Kibble Konnection provides neighbors who are pet owners with access to free animal food and supplies. The program will provide assistance for up to 2 animals per household. To qualify, pets must be spayed and neutered, current on vaccinations, and meet Humane Society income guidelines. To register, neighbors must complete an application through the Humane Society, please follow the link:

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