Frequently Asked Questions
Our pantry of choice is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fighting Food Insecurity
Food Insecurity refers to the USDA's measure of lack of access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle for a family.
These families may not be food insecure all the time, but they often lack nutritious food and instead turn to inexpensive, sugary and calorie-dense food. Often, these families need to make a trade-off between basic needs such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate food.
In Kent County, nearly 15% of households are food insecure. To combat these statistics, NKCS provides an array of food programs.
Pantry of Choice
In our Pantry of Choice, clients are assisted by volunteers to shop for the foods they like. Our pantry is considered an emergency pantry, meaning each family will receive enough food for two to three days based on their household size. Families can visit the emergency pantry four times each year.
Our pantry of choice is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The pantry is closed on Tuesday.
The food pantry is supported in part by Heart of West Michigan United Way.
North Kent Community Services has six satellite support pantries located in northern Kent County, which are often more accessible to our clients.
If you are a current client and would like a referral during business hours, simply call our main line and ask for a food referral. After hours, call (616) 866-3478 ext. 107 and leave a message, including your full name and phone number.
For more information on the pantries, including locations and hours available, refer to our Support Pantry page.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) is a federally-funded program which works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.
To see if you qualify, refer to the CSFP Income Guidelines or speak to one of our Intake Specialists. Review our Schedule of Services for the next commodities distribution.
How May We Help?
North Kent Community Services
10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.