Welcome to North Kent Connect
Vision: A community of thriving people.
Mission: North Kent Connect is a Christian organization committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence.
NKC Earns $1,000 from SpartanNash's Direct Your Dollars Program
Thank you to all of the community members who supported North Kent Connect by bringing in Family Fare receipts for the Direct Your Dollars program. This program, created by SpartanNash, gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to earn $1,000 by collecting $150,000 in eligible receipts from SpartanNash stores.
North Kent Connect partnered with the Family Fare in Rockford where shoppers turned in enough receipts to reach the $1,000 goal!
Thank you SpartanNash for your generosity and community giving efforts!
Community members can continue turning in Family Fare receipts to North Kent Connect.
For more information on Direct Your Dollars visit shopfamilyfare.com/DirectYourDollars
Announcing Our Upcoming Fundraiser
North Kent Connect is excited to announce this year’s theme for its annual fundraiser: “North Kent Pastors’ Feud,” a game show in the style of Family Feud. The event takes place on Thursday, October 4 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Grazing stations with hearty appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will start at 6:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Teams made up of pastors, Rotarians, and Lions Club members battle against each other by naming the most popular answer to various survey questions, often to hilarious results.
Table sponsorships are now on sale and going quickly. Single tickets, if available, will go on sale Tuesday, September 4. Learn more by visiting our North Kent Pastors' Feud event website.
Proceeds from North Kent Pastors’ Feud will benefit the food and educational programs of North Kent Connect, a resource center serving northern Kent County.
Healthy Food Policy
When you walk into The Market (formerly the Food Pantry) you won’t see shelves of macaroni and cheese, Pop-Tarts, Fruit Loops, and Ramen noodles. Instead you’ll see a counter of fresh produce and shelves of whole grain pasta, dried beans, and low-sugar cereals.
Learn more about the Healthy Food Policy by visiting our Healthy Food Initiatives page and help us fill our Market with fresh, nutritious food by hosting a food drive.
Apply for MI Bridges with Us
We are happy to announce that we are now able to assist our clients with applying for MI Bridges. Meet with our MI Bridges Navigator to apply today.
Using MI Bridges You Can:
- Apply for benefits using a simplified and easy to understand application
- Explore resources and save them to your MI Bridges profile
- Easily view detailed benefit information or letters sent from MDHHS
- View verifications requested by MDHHS and upload documents to your case
- Report changes about your case or renew your benefits
- Use MI Bridges in English, Spanish, or Arabic from your phone or computer
Learn about the Mission and Vision of North Kent Connect
How You Can Help
What have you done today? Do something amazing by helping change the lives of your neighbors. There are lots of ways you can make a difference:
Did you know that North Kent Connect accepts clothing in any condition? The unusable clothing is sold for rags; proceeds are used to buy needed food items such as milk and eggs. The wire and metal are recycled. We are committed to keeping items out of the landfill. NKC is green! We accept donations through the front door Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Donations are accepted through the south door:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, no donations accepted
Questions about what we accept? Review our donation guide or call Katie Hop at (616) 866-3478 ext. 353.
How May We Help?
North Kent Connect
10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Community Connections Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
North Kent Connect Store Public Hours:
Tuesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
West Michigan Works! Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch