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Clinton and Ionia County food pantries.

The food pantries in both Clinton and Ionia County focus on residents in those regions only. So anyone seeking a free box of food, a meal, or household supplies should call a center local to them. Even if a charity, church, or non-profit can't help, they may refer the client to another nearby center.

What is available at each food bank will vary. There may be non-perishable groceries, and this is the most common item given. Some of the pantries may also have free food though, including fruits, meats, dairy, Christmas or Thanksgiving meal boxes, and infant formula to name but a few. In addition, it is generally possible to find household supplies there, and that may be toilet paper, soap, and other hygiene supplies.

The lading food pantries to call in Ionia or Clinton County Michigan are below. If a senior or disabled person can't make it there, inquire into Meals on Wheels. The homeless may also benefit from the on-site soup kitchens.

Zion United Methodist Church
423 West Washington
Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-1910
The parish supports local Ionia County families. The unemployed, working poor, and struggling stop in for a box of food.

Shiloh Church Food Pantry
Address - 8197 Heth Street
Orleans, Michigan 48865
Call (616) 761-3584
There may be soup, pasta, cereal, rice, beans, and similar items. The food bank relies on donations from the community.




Belding Bible Church
Location is 594 Covered Village Mall
Belding, Michigan 48809
Feeding America is a key partner of this Ionia County church, which offers items two times per month.

Portland Area Service Group
Location is 144 Kent Street
Portland, MI 48875
(517) 647-4004
In order to apply from the food bank, the applicant will need proof of income or referral from EightCAP, DHS, or Agency on Aging.





Epic Community Church
1455 East Grand River Avenue
Portland, MI 48875
(517) 647-7750

First Congregational Church Of Portland
Main address - 421 Bridge Street
Portland, MI 48875
(517) 647-6441
There is a soup kitchen and emergency food pantry. Other items may be clothes, school supplies, boxes of groceries, and Christmas meals too.

Beacon Of Hope Family Care Center
Address: 401 South Swegles Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-0328
Appointments are needed. Free clothing and household supplies are passed out along with food. There is also a new baby program known as Earn While you Learn which gives furniture, formula, and other supplies to new or single moms.

Capital Area Community Services - Clinton Service Center
1001 South Oakland Street
St. Johns, Michigan 48879
Telephone number is (989) 224-6702
In addition to emergency groceries, there are referrals to SNAP food stamps, financial aid and grant programs, and other support.

First Congregational Church
100 Maple Street
Saint Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-2636
The Clinton County charity has diapers and clothing for needy infants, food, toiletries, and other items.




Saint Johns Basic Needs Center
Location is 213 North Clinton Avenue
Saint Johns, MI 48879
(517) 230-4618
A clothing closet and food bank are on site. Holiday food boxes, Christmas toys or meals, and ongoing distribution of food occurs.

Duplain Church Of Christ
Main address is 5565 East Colony Road
Saint Johns, Michigan 48879
(989) 224-4878

Elsie United Methodist Church
160 West Main Street
Elsie, Michigan 48831
(989) 862-5239
They run the Fresh Food Initiative.

Redeemer United Methodist Church
Address is 13980 Shavey Road
Dewitt, Michigan 48820
Main phone - (517) 669-8592
The non-profit gives out personal items, a week worth of food, and paper products.

By Jon McNamara

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