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Over a Thousand Volunteers Needed to Help End Hunger in West Michigan

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The Access of West Michigan County Wide Food Drive is coming up from October 8-13! We hope you can join us in this effort to collect 100 tons of food & personal care items to stock the local food pantries. Why? Because hunger hasn't gone away.

Suggested Items for Donation

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, stew, etc.)
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Soap: dish, laundry, bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Some of the volunteers are sorting & boxing all of the donated items.

Some of the volunteers are sorting & boxing all of the donated items.

The County Wide Food Drive is a great event for all ages!

The County Wide Food Drive is a great event for all ages!

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

Please contact Emma for more information!

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