The St. Mary Food Pantry

There is a sadly high number of people in our city that require food assistance. We are regularly serving over 110 families each time the pantry is open.

All are welcome at the food pantry at St. Mary Church, which is open on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A name, address and phone number are asked of everyone who comes for help.

If a person needs food assistance when our food pantry is closed, please contact the St. Mary office, 423 1st St. NW, tel. 616.459.7390.

Blessings

God has been blessing us, and new things keep happening that allow us to continue to meet this increasing need.

Our partnership with Feeding America West Michigan (formerly Second Harvest Gleaners) is reducing our food costs dramatically. We are able to buy items of food for 12 to 15 cents each that would cost far more if we had to buy them at a store.

We have been receiving funds from the Alpine Meijer store as their designated food pantry for the "Simply Give" program.

Other churches, including St. Stephens, St. James, St. Adalbert and St. Paul Anglican churches have held food drives for our pantry.

You Can Help

Donations of non-perishable food items, diapers, toilet paper, etc. are always needed and welcome. We also need paper and plastic grocery bags in which to pack food. These may be dropped off at the St. Mary Church office during office hours, or in the vestibule of the church.

Our efforts at recycling to raise money for the pantry is definitely helping. Continue to use the Paper Gator and bring your scrap metal for the Metal for Meals metal drives!

Monetary donations are always welcome.

  • Option A: Give online at: St. Mary Church—WeShare
  • Option B: Give online at: Feeding America West Michigan and specify Account #1423 | St. Mary Food Pantry as the intended destination of the funds so that our account is credited.
  • Option C: Make out a check to
        Feeding America West Michigan
        864 W River Center Dr
        Comstock Park, MI 49321
    and specify Account #1423 | St. Mary Food Pantry as the intended destination of the funds so that our account is credited.
  • Option D: Make out a check to
        St. Mary Food Pantry
        423 1st St. NW
        Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5277

Other ways we still need your help:

  • Consider volunteering at the pantry – we can always use help!
  • Buy a donation card at the Alpine Meijer location during their "Simply Give" program.

The need is great, but so is the heart of this parish and our community!

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