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Kent County Michigan free food pantries.

Food pantries in Kent County and Grand Rapids Michigan can provide assistance to struggling families. There may be free food, clothing, personal care items, groceries, counseling and referrals for low income as well as needy individuals and families living in Kent County. There may also be resources dedicated to seniors and families with children in the region. Many of the leading food banks and pantries to call for food and other forms of assistance are listed below.

In addition to offering free or low cost food, groceries, and possibly even meals (including at Thanksgiving and Christmas), the Grand Rapids area free food pantries are a great place for referrals, case management, and advice. They often times have information on many different federal and state of Michigan public assistance programs. Or other supplies such as free baby formula, The non-profits also partner with local charities and non-profit organizations across the area. Never hesitate to call a food pantry or even a soup kitchen in the area as soon as you need help or are faced with a crisis.

Byron Community Ministries
Address - 8250 Byron Creek Drive
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
Dial (616) 878-6000
Free boxes of emergency food with items such as rice, meats, canned fruits, and more may be offered. The ministry may also have winter clothing for children or the homeless, or refer families to social services in Kent County.

Holy Family Catholic Church
Church address - 9669 Kraft Avenue SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
Phone number - (616) 891-9259
Volunteers and staff can help families in poverty and they work to prevent hunger.





Redeemer Covenant Church - Dutton Community Food Pantry
Address of pantry - Lower Level 6951 Hanna Lake Avenue
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
Call (616) 698-8001 for hours that food and meals are distributed.

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church
Location of church is 140 South Main Street
Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319
Dial - (616) 696-1140
A free food pantry and soup kitchen are at the church.

Settlement Lutheran Church -- Barrie's House
1031 South Johnson Road
Gowen, Michigan 49326
(616) 984-5442
There is a food bank on site at this charity, and it can help children, single parents, and the less fortunate. Groceries, fresh food, fruits, and even basic household supplies may be passed out.

Access 6
2829 Thornapple River Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 949-1360
This agency partners with many local churches, food pantries, and distribution centers across Kent County Michigan. They can also direct individuals and help them apply for social services.





Area Community Service Employment And Training Council – ACSET
This non-profit has several locations around Kent County and Grand Rapids. The listing of free food banks and pantries is below. They can also help people apply for SNAP food stamps or other aid from DHS.

  • 1550 Leonard Street NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Dial the office at (616) 336-4100
  • 836 Fuller Avenue NE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
    (616) 336-7740
  • Address - 1954 Fuller Avenue NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    (616) 364-1104
  • Location is 121 Franklin Street SE; Suite 110
    Grand Rapids, MI 49507
    Phone number - (616) 336-4000
  • 215 Straight Avenue NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    Food pantry phone number - (616) 336-4180

Baxter Community Center
Address - Kent935 Baxter Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Dial the center at (616) 456-8593
In addition to food, clothing, thrift store, and other aid they can direct individuals facing a hardship to programs for paying bills, rent, and other expenses.

Central Reformed Church
10 College Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Church phone number - (616) 456-1773

Location - 7171 Willard Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Dial (616) 455-5120




Divine Care Food Pantry
Address is 4248 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Dial (616) 350-9104 to get hours of this food pantry.
Fruits, vegetables, and a listening ear is offered from staff. There may also be Christmas or Thanksgiving meals too.

East Leonard Christian Reformed Church
Address: 1027 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Primary phone number: (616) 454-4444

Grace Christian Reformed Church
100 Buckley Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Dial (616) 452-8920 to reach the food pantry and to get hours.

Greater Deliverance Temple/ Apostolic Faith
Address: 900 Leonard NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church
940 Neland Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
Call (616) 245-0669 for food, clothing, consultations, and advice.

Northwest Food Pantry And Resource Center
Trinity Reformed Church 1224 Davis Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 451-4036
In addition to free food, other resources include clothing, information on Michigan emergency crisis programs, perishable items, meals, and shelter. Students can learn about free summer meals or snacks, and there is also information on congregate meals from Agency on Aging centers.





Saint Vincent De Paul Society
1314 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Dial (616) 452-1408
St. Vincent of Kent County is a great place to call if faced with an emergency. Shelter, financial aid, and more is combined with emergency bags of groceries or a hot meal.

Salvation Army - Booth Family Services
1215 East Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Call - (616) 459-9468
A thrift store may have clothing, and a food pantry can feed the hungry and people in poverty. There are Easter Baskets, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas dinners and gifts too. Other services include formula as well as case management and help in applying for SNAP food stamps. More on Salvation Army food assistance programs Kent County.

Address: 4500 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Telephone - (616) 534-8931

The Other Way Ministries
Address: 710 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6382
Dial - (616) 454-4011

Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
Address: 47 Jefferson Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 456-6115

Word Of Faith Christian Center
Location - 3030 Eastern Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1321
Phone number of the center is (616) 827-0060
Dial for government surplus food, meals, thrift store, and more.

Senior Meals Program
2900 Wilson Avenue SW Suite 500
Grandville, MI 49418-1378
(616) 459-3111
The not for profit may be able to deliver free food, groceries, and meals to senior citizens and disabled across the county.





Mamrelund Lutheran Church
Address: 4085 Lutheran Church Road
Kent City, Michigan 49330
Call - (616) 887-8874
Hot meals or lunches, clothing, winter attire, and more is available in Kent County.

The Pantry
A variety of services are available. One is the Neighbors Choice Food Pantry, which provides free food at most one time per month. Applicants need to bring documents required include a picture ID and piece of mail for each family member.

There is also a Fresh Market program, which gives low-cost, locally grown fresh produce to those who self-declare they are 300% or below the poverty level. This market takes SNAP/EBT and participates in Double Up Food Bucks.

Clients with verified health conditions can use the Nutritional Options For Wellness (NOW) Pantry, which is available once per week however clients need to have been referred by a physician and participate in goal setting and educational programs.
4307 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
Phone number 616-455-9411

Flat River Outreach Ministries
Address - 11535 East Fulton
Lowell, Michigan 49331
Call (616) 897-8260

Lean On Me Outreach Center
11555 Edgerton
Rockford, MI 49341
Call (616) 866-3999 for food. Also may offer referrals to other charities and churches in the region.

North Kent Community Services
Location is 10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Dial (616) 866-3478
A leading non-profit for the unemployed and low income to turn too.

Family Network
Address: 1029 44th Street SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
Primary phone number - (616) 885-9919
A number of programs for families can be offered. Everything from food to limited financial assistance for groceries, meals, and other household items such as clothing.





For more information or locations, call 810-239-4441. Non-profits, such as Feeding America, work to provide food and perishable goods to families and children. There may also be special holiday meal programs, surplus USDA commodities for Kent County residents, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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