•  Federal Commodities and Senior Pantry WILL NOT BE CANCELLED on Thursday, December 14. Drive safe!

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.

Give the Gift of Dignity

To align with our new direction, we have decided to rebrand the Star Tree Program as the Tree of Hope.

We are asking the community to donate new, unwrapped items for our clients to purchase at low prices for their families at our Christmas Store. Clients will be able to choose the items that are most important to them instead of adhering to the previous strict guidelines. These changes will allow clients to provide for their family and maintain their dignity while doing so. Remaining items will be sold in our thrift store with proceeds benefiting families through our food and empowerment programs. Toys will still be available at no cost through the Toys for Tots program. 

Learn more about the NEW Christmas Store and how you can get involved by visiting our Christmas Services page

In the book Toxic Charity, which has been the cornerstone of our new direction, author Robert Lupton says, “Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people.” Help us give the gift of dignity to our clients. Thank you.

Healthy Food Policy

Fresh vegetables 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

Donation Hours

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.

Learn about the Mission and Vision of North Kent Connect

Client Testimonials

Senior Pantry Schedule Changes

Due to the holiday, Senior Pantry will take place the SECOND Thursday of December (December 14, 2017).

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:

Do something awesome today. Join with us to serve our community in northern Kent County.

New Client Hours

Community Connections staff are available to check in and assist with shopping on: 

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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How May We Help?

North Kent Connect

10075 Northland Drive NE
Rockford, MI 49341 Map
Phone: 616-866-3478

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
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.