Food Assistance

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With limited access to campus during the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to make sure we still meet your needs. Please fill out this contact form and a staff member will be in contact with you. 

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. This pantry is 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

Starting Monday, October 5, the Food Distribution will be open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Please check in at the Student Life Office on the first floor of the Student Center!

First, please fill out the Student Food Pantry Intake Form to confirm that you are currently enrolled.

Then, visit RaiderConnect to RSVP in advance to each food distribution you would like to attend. 

Food packages will include the following and items will vary week-to-week:

  • Non perishables (examples: soup, noodles, rice, beans, cereal, side dishes, canned fruits and veggies, etc.) 
  • Refrigerated and frozen foods (examples: eggs, fresh produce, frozen meats, etc.)
  • Hygiene items (examples: travel size shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, menstrual hygiene products, etc.)
  • Baby items (examples: diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, etc.)

This distribution is available for all students enrolled for the fall semester. When parking on campus, pull a parking ticket at the entry gate. We will provide parking validation passes to attendees when you pick up your food package. Please complete the COVID Screening Form on your GRCC Online Center or on the RAVE app prior to coming to campus. 

Community Resources

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church is open to GRCC students. The Pantry provides a 3–5 day supply of emergency food and personal care products to visitors, up to once every 30 days. The pantry is located at the church and open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-2:30pm.  All you need to bring with you is a valid ID or a piece of mail with your current address.

Community Food Club 

The Community Food Club  is a non-profit, member based grocery store. Low income members pay between $11 and $15 based on household size and income 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 Salvation Army: Kent County 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 – 211 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 West Michigan Food Bank 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

HQ - Grand Rapids is 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