Where to find food when you need it

DSCN4499The need for food is surprisingly common in our community. In fact, 1 in 7 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula find themselves unable to fully meet their food needs in a given year. Thankfully, the resources exist to meet the need. Here are a few ways to get a helping hand when you find yourself in need.

Referral Services

West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

If you live outside our 40-county service area, consult this list of Michigan 2-1-1 resources.

Mobile Food Pantry Times and Locations

Upcoming dates are publicly available for certain counties:

Kent County – Wyoming, Kentwood, and the far south side of Grand Rapids
Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties
Ottawa County

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Even when school is out, kids can still get healthy meals through the Summer Food Service Program. Find a meal site near you: SFSP Map.

Farmers’ Markets Accepting SNAP

Many farmers’ markets and farm stands accept SNAP benefits, giving you access to the freshest local produce. Some locations also offer the Double Up Food Bucks program, which will match your benefits dollar for dollar when you buy Michigan fruits and vegetables.

Double Up Food Bucks: Find Locations

West Michigan Markets and Farms (many accepting SNAP): Find Locations

Search for food pantries in your neighborhood
Note: Find a Food Pantry is a third-party service. Contact staff@npiinc.org if you have questions or concerns.