Food Pantry | Despensa de alimentosDespensa de alimentos

The St. Mary Food Pantry

Sadly, there is a high number of people in our city that require food assistance. We are regularly serving over 100 families a month.

All are welcome at the food pantry at St. Mary Church, which is open on the first & third Mondays of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. and on the first & third Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 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 our parish office, 423 First St. NW, tel. 616.459.7390, to see if we are able to assist you.

We also provide holiday meal boxes to those in need.

The St. Mary Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.


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 is reducing our food costs dramatically. We are able to buy some items of food for 18 cents a pound that would cost far more if we had to buy them at a store.

We have been blessed with the assistance of Family Fare/the SpartanNash Foundation through their Scan to End Hunger campaign and purchases of food for our holiday meal boxes.

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

Other churches, including St. Stephen, 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, soaps, toilet paper, etc. are always needed and welcome. We also use 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 left in the vestibule of the church.

Wondering what to donate? Click here are a few ideas: Most-Needed Items for Our Food Pantry »
¿Se pregunta qué donar? Aquí hay algunas ideas: Artículos más necesarios para nuestra despensa de alimentos

Our efforts at recycling to raise money for the pantry is definitely helping. Please 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: Send a check to
    St. Mary Food Pantry
    423 First 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 our parish and our community!