Food Assistance

GRCC resources

Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance, the GRCC Foundation and the Office of Student Life and Conduct are proud to offer the GRCC Student Food Pantry and Snack Pantries. These pantries are designed to meet the immediate food needs of its students on campus by providing a variety of free non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families. 

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is located in the Student Center and will operate the same hours as the Office of Student Life and Conduct. Students enrolled in at least one GRCC course may apply to the Food Pantry Program. Please complete and submit the Student Food Pantry Intake Form. Once this form has been reviewed you will be notified of your status by a Student Life staff member and you will be given access to the food pantry (1st floor Student Center, next to the Bookstore).

Snack Pantries

Snack Pantries provide on campus grab-and-go options (granola bars, microwavable soups and noodles, etc.) for hungry students and are maintained in partnership by Student Life, the English department, Psi Beta, Counseling and Career Development, Library and Learning Commons and the MTec. The Snack Pantries do not require registration and food is provided when available.

The locations for the snack pantries are: 

  • English: 400 College Park Plaza
  • Library and Learning Commons
  • First Floor Sneden Hall
  • Tassell MTec
  • Third Floor Student Center
  • Lakeshore Campus - Midtown Center and Thompson MTec
     

Community Resources

Community Food Club 

The Community Food Club is a non-profit, member based grocery store. Low income members pay $10 for a 30-day membership and are able to shop using points based on their household size. Most members receive 9 to 11 days' worth of foods during each membership period. The Community Food Club is open by referral only; inquire about a referral form at the front desk of the Salvation Army at 1215 E. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids.

The Salvation Army: Kent County

The Food Pantry is open designated hours each week and available to households across the county who are in need of emergency food to sustain themselves. The Pantry commits to securing as many fresh and healthy food items as possible in order to provide well-balanced orders of groceries that last 3 to 5 days. Salvation Army in Grand Rapids is at 1215 E. Fulton Street.

United Way – 211

United Way's 2-1-1 connects people to more than 2,900 services in Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceloa and Oceana Counties including food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.

Heart of West Michigan United Way, 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States. Contact your local community food bank to find food. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, 864 West River Center Drive, Comstock Park, MI 49321. 616.784.3250

HQ - Grand Rapids

A safe space to meet basic needs such as laundry, hygiene, meals, and showers.

Community connections, for youth 14 thru 24, to support case management, counseling, housing and relationship needs. HQ was created to help young people find a place to rest, obtain resources and connections, and receive support thru professional skill building. Grand Rapids HQ is located at 320 State Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (616) 406-3945

North End Community Ministry  

North End Community Ministry offers a Client-Choice Food Pantry to all of those located in our pantry service area. The pantry provides our clients with a 3-4 day supply of food and personal care products once a month. NECM is located at New City Church, 214 Spencer NE, Grand Rapids, 49505 M. (616) 454-1097