Suggested Items for Donation
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, stew, etc.)
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Peanut butter
- Soap: dish, laundry, bar
- Toilet paper
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
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Kent County is seeing an increased usage of the pantries within the Access Pantry Network. With 1 in 6 local families struggling with hunger, the need is as great as ever and the help of the community is essential to solving this problem. The Access County Wide Food Drive is such an attempt at addressing the issue of local hunger as it unites over 50 pantries and hundreds of congregations, businesses, schools, and individuals in the fight against food insecurity. But more help is desperately needed for this annual event for it to truly be a success for the thousands of families in Kent County that use the Access Pantry Network.
“The Access Pantry Network provides almost 20,000 food services each month,” says Emma Rosauer, Access Hunger Response Director, “so we are hoping to collect 100 tons of food and personal care items to help meet those needs.” All of these collected items will be distributed among local food pantries. “We are relying on the Kent County community to rally around this food drive effort,” adds Emma. Why? Because hunger hasn’t gone away.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for the County Wide Food Drive. Some include flyering select neighborhoods, route collection, sorting and boxing. Everyone is encouraged to participate: individuals, families, small groups, congregations, corporations, schools and more.
Access of West Michigan was excited to receive a delivery of 30,000 grocery bags last week which will be used in this year’s County Wide Food Drive. Requests for bags to fill for your place of business, worship, or school can be made by contacting Emma. Donated items can also be dropped off at any Kent County Spartan Store, Aldi, Walgreens, Fifth Third Bank Financial Center, or Mercantile Bank location. A complete list of details can be found at www.AccessofWestMichigan.org.
Please contact Emma for more information!
- Phone: 774-2175 x5
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating the activity of God in our midst, the mission of Access is to be a faith-based leader in linking congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County. We provide a place for the community to act--for those with resources and talents to interact and problem-solve with the big issues of poverty and people in need. Our services fall under three initiatives: Hunger Response, Congregation Connections, and Poverty Education.