Nearly one in three Americans age 65 years or older live in low-income households. To make matters even more difficult, healthcare and housing costs are high, and place a huge strain on the fixed budgets of many of our senior neighbors. North Kent Connect is working to help seniors by providing specially-tailored programs to meet their needs.

Senior Pantry

Our Senior Pantry is open to Kent County residents ages 60+ who meet the income requirements. It takes place on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Photo ID and proof of income are required for registration. Income guidelines for a household set at 200 percent or below of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. A $2 donation is encouraged at each visit. A schedule is available at the front desk.

The 2022 Senior Pantry dates are:

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • Thursday, September 15, 2022
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022

Senior Commodities

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods. It takes place on the third Monday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Income guidelines for households set at 130 percent or below of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. North Kent Connect will determine eligibility.

The 2022 Senior Commodities dates are:

  • Monday, January 10, 2022
  • Monday, February 14, 2022
  • Monday, March 14, 2022
  • Monday, April 18, 2022
  • Monday, May 16, 2022
  • Monday, June 13, 2022
  • Monday, July 18, 2022
  • Monday, August 15, 2022
  • Monday, September 19, 2022
  • Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Monday, December 19, 2022

Please contact a Case Manager to fill out an application by calling 616-866-3478.

Meals on Wheels West Michigan

Dedicated North Kent Connect volunteers deliver senior meals to registered individuals on Tuesdays in the Rockford and Sparta areas. For more information, please visit the Meals on Wheels Western Michigan website.

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