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Kent County food drive closes early due to overwhelming response

The county says the food drive, which was supposed to run until 6 p.m., closed after 2 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Update: The food drive closing early due to an overwhelming response, according to the county. Those waiting in line will still be served, but residents hoping to attend the event later are asked not to come.


Kent County Community Action is hosting a food drive Thursday, March 25 to help low-income families who are struggling to buy food during the coronavirus pandemic.

The food drive will be held at the State of Michigan Department of Human Services office in Grand Rapids from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Their address is 121 Franklin St. SE.

The event will assist more than 900 families in need. Those families will receive more than 50 pounds of food, including fresh fruit, vegetables, pasta and meat. 

In an effort to comply with the health recommendations from the state and national health officials, recipients are asked to enter from Jefferson Street and remain in their cars with their trunks open to accept the food donations. 

Under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay at home order, all non-essential businesses are ordered to close through April 13, but food distribution sites are exempt. 

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“This distribution is one-way KCCA is responding to this public health crisis and is helping to ensure our under-served populations have access to fresh and healthy food,” said KCCA Director Susan Cervantes.

Eligibility to receive food:

  • Household income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Must live in Kent County
  • To register for this program, show up to any distribution site to self-declare your information
  • Clients may only pick up at one location

Here is a list of food pantries still offering its services during the stay-at-home order. 

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