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Food Pantry

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.

You can visit the food pantry four times a year. You can also request referrals to our support pantries

You must be a client of North Kent Community Services to visit our food pantry. For more information on becoming a client, please visit our Qualify for Services page. 

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.

 

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Pantry Referrals

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.

Federal Commodities

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. 

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North Kent Community Services

10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Phone: 616-866-3478

Business Hours:
Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.