Hours of Operation
Our FREE Drive-Up Market Pantry (during the COVID-19 pandemic) is open to NKC Clients on Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
To pre-order your monthly pantry items, clink the link below and call a North Kent Connect Case Manager. All fresh produce and meats can be selected at pick-up time.
Pantry Order Sheet: https://nkconnect.org/market-pantry-order-sheet/
If you arrive without ordering – it’s ok! We can still take your order and pack your items while you wait. Pre-packed bags will be available if you are short on time.
You must be a client of North Kent Connect to visit the Market Pantry. You can visit the Market Pantry once a month. You can also request referrals to our Partner Pantries. [MORE]
About our Market Pantry
When you walk into our Market 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.
North Kent Connect made this institutional change for our families because we care about their well-being. We heard from clients that they appreciated pantries with fresh food, lean proteins, and dairy. We knew from experience that these types of items flew off the shelves. We learned from research that low-income families tend to experience more health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. With this in mind, we made the switch from a traditional food pantry to The Market Pantry – a food pantry that offers healthy food to families who need it the most.
Fighting Food Insecurity
“Food Insecurity” refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle for a family.
These families may not be food insecure all the time, but they often lack nutritious food and instead turn to inexpensive, sugary and calorie-dense food. Often, these families need to make a trade-off between basic needs such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate food.
In Kent County, nearly 15% of households are food insecure. To combat these statistics, North Kent Connect provides an array of food programs, such as our Market Pantry.
Ways to Help Support our Market Pantry
We are always in need of donations of healthy foods to keep our Market Pantry stocked. If you would like to donate items, here are the most requested:
- Cereal and other healthy grains (quinoa, rice)
- Canned fruit (peaches, pears, anything low-sugar)
- Canned pasta sauce (no glass, please)
Help us provide these nutritious foods for our clients. We’re also looking for fresh produce, lean proteins, and dairy products.
Our food donation hours are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.