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North Kent Connect offers drive-up food pantry

Posted at 4:20 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:20:02-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. — North Kent Connect has set up a drive-up food pantry while its buildings are closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak.

The organization is allowing people to pick up monthly packages of food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19 and 23-25. April dates are still being worked out.

Instead of having clients come into the building to pick items from the pantry, staff has prepacked bags they are putting into or outside vehicles.

"We are still handing out fresh fruits and vegetables, we're still handing out meat and dairy because those are important items we want to continue to provide for our clients," said Beverly Bouma, market coordinator.

There are also pre-packed bags of non-perishable goods. The one item North Kent Connect is out of is toilet paper.

"We are trying to find different donations of toilet paper, however we are giving out baby wipes so that our clients have something if they don't have anything," Bouma said.

The pantry is not accepting donations at this time, but people can still provide food by donating $13.75 through the organization's website. The money will provide a family of four with five meals.