WestSide Food Pantries

Overview

Overview

The WestSide community is home to five pantries. If you have any food needs please don’t hesitate to call or stop by one of these pantries. They are all welcoming and non-judgmental environments for people who may need assistance.

When an individual or family comes to a pantry, their need is assessed based on household size, and they are given 3 days of emergency food supplies. They can return for more assistance after a period of 30 days. They may not return before that except in cases of extreme need.

Note: If you do not live in Grand Rapids’ WestSide, there is still a pantry for you! Access West Michigan’s complete pantry network can help you find it.

Who is it for?

Who is it for?

Food pantries are for all individuals and families who meet the income requirements in the table below.

Food Pantry Income Requirements
Family Size (Household) Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $23,760.00 $1,980.00 $457.00
2 $32,040.00 $2,670.00 $616.00
3 $40,320.00 $3,360.00 $775.00
4 $48,600.00 $4,050.00 $935.00
5 $56,800.00 $4,733.33 $1,094.00
6 $65,160.00 $5,430.00 $1,253.00
7 $73,460.00 $6,121.67 $1,413.00
8 $81,780.00 $6,815.00 $1,573.00
For each additional member, add: $8,320.00 $693.33 $160.00

These figures are based on 200% Federal Poverty Income Guidelines

How it works

How it works

  1. Pick a food pantry in your zone. Click the “Find your pantry” tab for a quick walk-through and pantry contact info.
  2. Bring your picture ID. If you don’t have it as a first time client you may be served, but you will need to bring it the next time.
  3. Bring current proof of your address Pantries need to make sure you live in their zone before they can serve clients. This can be a bill or any type of official mail addressed to you.
  4. Bring the last 4 digits of the Social Security Numbers of everyone in your household. Pantries are also required to collect this information before serving clients.
  5. Repeat! Come back every 30 days to pick up more meals.

Bonus: Be sure to check out the events calendar for up to date monthly and quarterly food truck distribution times and locations. These distributions offer bonus meals that do not count towards your 30 day wait limit!

Find your pantry

Find your pantry

Just Two Steps
  1. Use the map below to figure out whether you are in the West Zone or the Northwest Zone. Basically, if you’re south of 4th Street, you’re probably in the West Zone, and if you’re north of 4th Street you’re probably in the Northwest Zone.
  2. Now that you know your zone, pick a food pantry from those listed below. You might pick the one closest to you, or the one that operates on the most convenient date and time.
WestSide Pantries

Example

Example

Jack lives on Leonard and Covell. He can see on a map below that he lives in the Northwest Zone, which is serviced by the Northwest Food Pantry at Trinity Reformed Church. He calls them to ask some questions and get their hours.

He learns that in addition to the once allowed visit to the pantry per month, they provide extra assistance through food distributions the first Saturday of every month. That means he can make an extra visit each month if he wants!

Jack makes sure he has a valid ID, proof of residency (a piece of mail) and last 4 digits of the Social Security number for each of the members in his household and makes the trip to pick up his food.

Now, Jack can go back every month to receive more meals.

Map Key

Northwest Zone

North to 6 Mile. South to 4th Street NW (includes 4th Street NW). East to the Grand River. West to Kenowa Avenue.

West Zone

North to 4th Street NW. South to the Grand River. East to the Grand River. West to Kenowa Avenue.

Food Pantry

We currently have 5 pantries serving the WestSide!

Pantry Locations and Zones

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