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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 food items and basic necessities to students and their families. This has since expanded to multiple Snack Pantry locations, and has worked in partnership with Feeding America West Michigan, Plainsong Farm and the generous donations from community partners and GRCC faculty and staff.
GRCC is an equal opportunity provider.
Student Food Pantry & Food Distribution
The Student Food Pantry is open during Student Life operating hours, which is traditionally Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please check in at the Student Life Office on the first floor of the Student Center.
You may fill out the Student Food Pantry Intake Form online or in the office.
What to Expect When Using the Pantry:
- Eligibility: Students that are currently enrolled in classes may utilize the pantry.
- The Student Food Pantry Intake Form must be completed once a semester.
- Visits are limited to once per week.
- Students will check in with staff at the Student Life Office and fill out the necessary intake forms, at which point staff can answer any questions if there are any.
- Bring a valid student ID–if you do not have your student ID yet office staff can assist you in obtaining one.
- First Visits: Students will complete necessary forms and receive two tote bags (one canvas and one thermal). Please bring back these bags for each visit, and note that only the student themselves may enter the pantry area. Your student ID will be held on to by office staff until you are finished at the pantry.
- The pantry is considered “self-serve” with a limit to the student’s two designated bags. Students are asked to be considerate when selecting items, however most items do not have an enforced limit. Bringing extra bags is not permitted.
- Hygiene items such as diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, etc. may be requested and are kept in a separate stocking area–these items are limited so that we can better serve all of our students.
- The pantry offers a variety of items such as non perishables, refrigerated and frozen foods, hygiene products, and baby items. These items vary throughout the year.
If you have any questions about your eligibility or need additional resources, please contact the Student Resources Coordinator, Rebecca, at (616) 234-2544.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has expanded food assistance!
Michigan DHHS has announced an expansion of food assistance (SNAP) for students who are attending college. If you believe you’re eligible, you can apply through MIBridges today. If you need assistance applying, please fill out the GetHelp intake form.
If you forgot to bring a lunch to campus, need a pick-me-up, or can't afford to purchase a meal, please take advantage of our snack pantries. These are designed to assist on-site for single items only. For a larger take-home selection, please refer to the main food pantry. Snack pantries are set up across campus at the following locations:
- English, 400 College Park Plaza
- Library and Learning Commons
- Sneden Hall, First Floor
- Tassell MTec
- Student Center, Third Floor
- Lakeshore Campus
- ATC - Computer Lab
- Enrollment Center, First Floor RJF
- Veterans Center, G2 RJF
United Way – 211
United Way – 211 connects people to more than 2,900 services in Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola and Oceana Counties including food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.
Baxter Community Center Marketplace
Baxter’s Marketplace provides emergency food assistance and emergency clothing assistance and also provides fresh produce to the pantry. Their community center also offers medical and dental services.
935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Community Food Club
The Community Food Club is a non-profit, member-based grocery store. Members pay between $11 and $15 for a 30-day membership and are able to shop in the store using points based on their household size. Most members receive 9 to 11 days' worth of food or about $120 worth of food during each membership period. All that is needed to open an account is a valid ID for the head of household.
1100 South Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church
Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church serves the community with their Saturday Food Program. They provide fruits, vegetables, bread and canned food at very low prices. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to apply ahead of time. You are not required to provide any form of documentation of your income, your address, or your identity. Their scheduled times every Saturday are the following:
- 9 a.m. - Distribute numbered tickets to keep the line in order.
- 10 a.m. - The line passes in order of the ticket numbers.
- Noon - Food pantry closed.
514 Eastern Ave SE, 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 or find more locations.
Fulton Street Farmers Market
Fulton Street Farmers Market provides convenient access to high quality, locally grown, farm fresh products. This permanent, year-round marketplace also accepts several food assistance programs such as EBT/Bridge Snap usage as well as WIC Project Fresh that offers an additional $25 to eligible recipients of WIC. (WIC cash benefits do not apply to this program.)
1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Heart of West Michigan United Way is a connecting point for a variety of resources such as food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more. Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211* to find resources available to you. (*Standard message and data rates may apply.)
118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
AYA Youth Collective
AYA Youth Collective (formerly HQ-Grand Rapids) is a safe space to meet basic needs such as laundry, hygiene, meals, and showers for youth ages 14-24 by “Drop-In” appointments.
Additional resources include 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 through professional skill building.
320 State Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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. Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9AM-12:30PM, please bring an ID and proof of income. NECM is located at New City Church.
214 Spencer NE, Grand Rapids, 49505
North Kent Connect Market Pantry
North Kent Connect Market Pantry provides fresh food and more for qualified Clients of North Kent Connect. Registration Required.
10075 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341
North West Food Pantry
The Northwest Food Pantry location for Access of West Michigan supplies emergency food and support to individuals and families once a month. Proof of address and ID for all household members required.
Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30-11:45. Those who have appointments will be served first, starting at 9:00am. Phone pre-orders from 12:30-2:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
*Alguien que habla español está disponible los lunes y miércoles.
1224 Davis Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
SECOM Resource Center Market Program and Healthy Food Pantry
SECOM is committed to providing nutritious food to its neighbors. It is widely recognized that nutrition is a key component in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease. There is strong evidence that those affected by food insecurity are at the highest risk for obesity and other diet related illnesses. We believe that every person has the right to access healthy foods. Accepting cash, EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Project Fresh, and WIC Project Fresh. View the pantry
1545 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI, 49507
Streams of Hope Food Center
Streams of Hope Food Center provides supplemental food to local families. We use a client-choice environment that protects the dignity of each visitor and encourages relationships. This program is free of charge.
280 60th St. SE, Suite 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49548
The Other Way Food Pantry and Fresh Market
The Other Way Food Pantry and Fresh Market provides weekday food assistance. No documents necessary –operates on a self-declared need basis.
710 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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.
1215 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UCOM Resources is a partner program of the Access of West Michigan network of food pantries and is one of 11 Key Resource Centers for Kent County. Anyone living within the UCOM service area is eligible to receive food at our Healthy Choice Food Pantry. View hours. Service area zip codes are as follows;
Grand Rapids: 49503 (south of Wealthy, west of US 131)
Wyoming: 49519, 49509, 49418 (must be in Kent County)
Grandville: 49418 (must be in Kent County)
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 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.
47 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Find additional resources
Please consider some of the other options available to you on the GetHelp webpage as well as various options near you. The Find Help site can help you find resources and other free or reduced cost programs depending on your need, and United Way – 211 is another option that connects people to more than 2,900 services.