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Free food pantries, groceries and soup kitchens Kent County Michigan.

Find free food pantries in Kent County and Grand Rapids Michigan that can provide assistance to struggling families. There may be free food, clothing, personal care items, or groceries near, including passed out today. Or get 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, soup kitchens and emergency pantries to call for food and other forms of assistance are listed below. There is also a referral number at the bottom of the page for more resources.

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 or Meals on Wheels. 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.

Northwest Food Pantry And Resource Center
Address is 1224 Davis Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Call (616) 300-5079
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. The low-income can can get help from SNAP food stamps as well as the emergency client choice food pantry.

Salvation Army - Social Services, Food and 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.

 

 

 

Senior Meals Program - Meals on Wheels of Kent County
2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI 49418-1378. Call (616) 364-1104
The not for profit may be able to deliver free food, groceries, and meals to senior citizens and disabled across the county. There are dairy products, vitamins, nutritional supplements, meat and other fresh (or frozen food) for seniors and the disabled in Kent County from Meals on Wheels.

Green Apple
Food bank is at 4301 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49508, Dial (616) 455-9411
A number of assistance programs are offered. There are free emergency groceries, pet food, summer snacks and lunches for kids (as they do not have school meals) and more. There are also shopping and health-cooking education classes.

Streams Of Hope Food Center
280 60th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548. Phone: 616-272-3634
This is a client choice food pantry. Groceries, paper good like toilet paper, soap, detergent and other goods may be offered.

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
There is a soup kitchen as well as food pantry at 510 Franklin Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507. For hours, call 616-241-3315
Based on donations, there may be meat or vegetables (canned or fresh). Or get Ensure for seniors, groceries like Peanut Butter or bread, dairy products, gluten free food baskets and more. The homeless, unemployed and others can get help.

Community Food Club
Address is 1100 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507. Call 616-288-5550
The community, corporations, and charities donate to this non-profit. The food is then given out to the needy, whether single parents, the disabled, unemployed or others.

Together In Faith Ministries
Location is 300 Hall Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Call 616-633-8284

 

 

 

 

Maranatha Spanish SDA Church
The pantry is at 68 Banner Street SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507. Phone - 616-452-6003
Many items are offered for low-income families in Kent County. Rice, oatmeal, cereal, feminine products, hygiene supplies and more. All assistance is also in Spanish and for immigrant and other migrants.

Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Location is 1239 Fuller Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506. Dial (616) 241-1679

Secom Resource Center
1545 Buchanan Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49507. Dial (616) 452-7684
Get free food, diapers, infant formula, and more. There may be cereal, sauces, canned or fresh fruit or meat, and other stuff. There are also free personal care and hygiene items.

El Alferaro
Location is 1737 Division SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Call 616-818-5414

North End Community Ministry
Client choice pantry is at 214 Spencer Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505. Call (616) 454-1097

City Of Pentecost Church
2286 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505. Main number is (616) 204-6350

West MI Veterans Assistance Program
Address: 620 Century Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Dial 616-430-5605\
Veterans and their families can get help. Whether free food, information on housing or job programs, budgeting or more. Get applications to programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), USDA commodities and others.

Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Main address: 514 Eastern Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. Main number is (616) 454-4888
Get dry and canned goods, free holiday food baskets (Thanksgiving or Christmas), paper products, and personal toiletries to those in need. There may also be Canned soups and stews, milk, dairy, spam and other goods.

Acts Gospel Ministry
950 12th Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504. Telephone - (616) 451-9950

Islamic Center & Mosque of GR
1301 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Call 616-446-6098
They help people from any faith. Free food, clothes, counseling, and other support services.

John Knox Community Food Pantry-The Pantry
Address is 4307 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Phone - 616-710-3278
The food bank has Filling, shelf-stable foods, peanut butter; instant milk and other grocery items. There are also holiday meals, small hygiene kits, clothes and more.

St. Alphonsus Food & Clothing Center
Address is 228 Carrier Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. For hours, dial 616-913-4404

United Church Outreach Ministry
Location is 1311 Chicago Drive SW, Wyoming, Michigan, 49509. For information, dial (616) 241-4006
Everything from free food (for up to a week) to clothes, referrals to USDA commodities and other goods are offered in Kent County.

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

COVENANT CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
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.

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.

SOUTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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.

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.

Find more free food programs in Kent County

For more information or locations of free pantries near you, call 616.784.3250 or 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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