Serving Heartside every Thursday 10:30am-2:30pm.
The Downtown Food Pantry, a core mission of Westminster Presbyterian Church, provides an emergency supply of food and personal care items to people in need while also promoting self-sufficiency through referrals.
The Downtown Food Pantry remains OPEN during the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the following modifications to our normal procedures:
- Until further notice, we will only be open on Thursdays from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
- Groceries are prepackaged and ready to go until further notice.
- Use the parking lot entrance at Jefferson Ave SE.
- One household at a time may enter the building to pickup groceries.
Masks are required to enter the building. A mask will be provided to anyone needing one.
Dignity, Respect, and Food.
Who is eligible?
The Downtown Food Pantry is open to all residents living in the downtown Heartside area. Residents register when picking-up food.
What is provided?
The Downtown Food Pantry provides you with a 3–5 day supply of emergency food and personal care products, once a month.
Why do we exist?
A charitable food system is vital for vulnerable people. No one should have to choose between paying rent and eating.
Where do you go?
When are we open?
We welcome Heartside residents seeking emergency food assistance every Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.
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You Can Help. Take Action.
100% of all Tax-Deductible donations are to purchase food for the individuals we provide for on a monthly basis.
Drop Off Fresh Food
Products of the Month
We encourage donations for specific items which are included with the monthly emergency food and personal care items:
|January||Peanut Butter and Jelly|
|February||Canned Tuna in water|
|April||Canned Fruits and Vegetables|
|July||Rice and Pasta|
|August||Mac & Cheese|
|September||Canned Beans (Kidney, Black, Great Northern, etc.)|
|October||Pork and Beans|
|December||Cold and Hot Cereal|
Thankful for our Partners
We’re proud to partner with numerous organizations throughout West Michigan to help serve our clients’ needs.
The Downtown Food Pantry is a member of the Access of West Michigan pantry network, a food referral system of 75 pantries designed to respond to those in need of food assistance. We also receive assistance from Feeding America as well as donations from Westminster members.
We are grateful that while the Downtown Food Pantry ministry is carried out at Westminster Presbyterian, it functions with an ecumenical board of representatives from First United Methodist, Fountain Street, LaGrave Christian Reformed, St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s churches. Without this collaboration, the Downtown Food Pantry could not do the work it is doing.
We are also very thankful for our community partners at SpartanNash, Meijer, Access West Michigan and Feeding America of West Michigan.
We also partner with Mercy Health and The Grand Rapids Red Project to provide food services to People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in a ten-county area of West Michigan. Each month, we serve approximately 35 individuals struggling to live with HIV/AIDS in a confidential and caring manner with food bank services designed to meet their special dietary needs. For more information, you may contact the Downtown Food Pantry at 616-717-5581.